Remembering Dickie Jobson and Ken Ramsay

Published: Tuesday | December 30, 2008

Ken Ramsay and wife Pat dancing up a storm at a reception at Villa Ronai, Stony Hill, last year. - file

THE LOCAL party scene will not be the same without the free-spirited Richard 'Dickie' Jobson and Ken Ramsay who died this year.

Filmmaker Jobson, best known for the 1982 movie Countryman, died Christmas morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies at age 67. Jobson never recovered from a second stroke he recently suffered, his sister Diane Jobson said.

Ramsay, a photographer who found fame through his 1970s photo of bald African-American model Susan Taylor, died in April at age 73.

The St Ann-born Jobson worked for several years with Island Records, living in London where he helped promote the company's artistes, including reggae singer Bob Marley.

Lived to the fullest

"Dickie was very generous, always gave of himself and lived life to the fullest," Diane Jobson told The Gleaner.

She said he had completed a follow-up script to Countryman and was working on a screenplay based on the Wailers song, Mr Brown.

Ramsay was found dead by staff at his home in Portland. No cause of death was given.

Filmmaker Lennie Little-White, who knew him for 35 years, described Ramsay as "one of the most open and creative persons in terms of his craft".

Social scene saddened

Marcia Erskine, head of public relations at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, said the social scene will miss Ramsay's flair.

"One thing I will miss is his debonair style, those immaculately polished boots," she said.

Ramsay's Taylor shot was featured in the retrospective book, Dare To Dream. The Dream Lives On and Jamaica: Out of Many One People were Ramsay's other books.

Ken Ramsay was the younger brother of noted attorney Ian Ramsay. He was married to Pat Ramsay, former curator of art galleries at Mutual Life and The Jamaica Pegasus.