Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will join thousands of Jamaicans expected to attend the official funeral today for former Mayor of Mandeville Cecil Charlton, who died on September 12.
He was 88 years old.
Charlton - widely regarded as the father of modern Mandeville, the capital of Manchester - will be laid to rest following a funeral at the Northern Caribbean University Gymnatorium.
In a tribute following Charlton's passing, Simpson Miller hailed the former mayor as "an outstanding Jamaican who dedicated his life to public service and served with distinction".
She said Charlton has left a rich legacy, which included 38 years of service to the Manchester Parish Council; 15 years as mayor of Mandeville; and years as chairman of the National Water Commission.
"Mr Charlton used his love of country and love for his parish to advance the town of Mandeville and the parish of Manchester. He was highly regarded throughout the parish and was appropriately honoured with the Cecil Charlton Hall and the Cecil Charlton Park," said an official release from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Continuing, the release said: "He was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Commander rank in 1976 for distinguished service in the field of local government, and has represented Jamaica on several overseas missions relating to water supply and local-government administration."
In offering condolences to his widow, Veronica, and four children, as well as relatives and friends, the prime minister said: "I pray that the beautiful memories you shared will comfort you in this difficult time of loss and grief."
The service starts at 10 a.m.