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Farewell, 'Tony Parry'

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Cousins of the late Tony Parry at his remembrance service, (from left) Trevor O'Sullivan, Jennifer O'Sullivan-Sirjue, and Marlene Dilworth. - Colin Hamilton/Photographer

The local media fraternity last Thursday paid its final respect to veteran broadcaster, Horace Anthony Parry, better known as 'Tony Parry'.  A thanksgiving service for the life of Parry was held at Temple of Light Centre For Spiritual Living, along Fairway Avenue in Kingston.

Among those who turned out to pay respect were, radio broadcaster Norma Brown-Bell, managing director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen, and public relations practitioner Jean Lowrie-Chin.

Brown-Bell, in paying tribute to Tony Parry, recalled his astuteness as a supervisor.

Retired radio personality Don Topping, in a tribute read by Brown-Bell, said Parry "was one of those Jamaican broadcasters who had a career in almost equal parts at RJR and the now defunct JBC (Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation)".

"I remember him very well in his role as capital stereo supervisor in the RJR Group, where he and his mostly female subordinates seemed to get on like a happy family," said Topping.

"As an announcer, Tony was a versatile and jovial type of presenter who at one time hosted the JBC morning show which rivalled Desmond Chambers' show on RJR."

Topping added: "Blessed with an amiable disposition and a good voice, Tony came from a set of announcers who would eschew the banal and offensive, especially in music. For the listeners who remember him, and those who worked with him, he will be sadly missed."

Colleague Ajee Carby also paid tribute.

"I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Tony. We were friends and co-workers at JBC. Tony touched a lot of people's lives, a man with a good heart. I say, be of good cheer. He was a very good person."