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KSAC pays tribute to Roger Clarke

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM


"No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men ... ." - Thomas Carlyle

We at the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) are deeply saddened by the passing of the late Minister Roger Clifford Clarke. I am sure that those who have interacted with Roger in any way can attest to the laughter and humour that he brought to many a situation. Whether he was being criticised, vilified, interrogated, repeating a story or just chilling, he had his audience in stitches and even tears with his sharp wit and quips.

I can unreservedly state that Roger was one of the greatest politicians that Jamaica has ever seen. He served his country with pride and humility. He was not afraid to be himself, and therefore, became known for his honesty and integrity.

His political career formally began in 1986, and to each office he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience, a genuine concern for the plight of the Jamaican people, and a burning desire to contribute to the development of his country.

voice of reason

There are many of us who will remember Roger as a friend, a sounding board, a mentor and a voice of reason. I will never forget his cautions of leaving an argument alone, saving my reply for later and not rejecting an explanation without first hearing the whole story.

His passing has left a void in our hearts. We use this opportunity to thank his wife and children for allowing us the time we had with that Roger, Red Poll bull, minister, Comrade.

To his family, we pray that you find comfort in knowing that his hard work and dedication have not gone unrecognised, and we hope the his memories will keep a smile on your lips and kindness in your heart.

Correction and Clarification

In a letter to the editor yesterday headlined "KSAC pays tribute to Roger Clarke",  Cheryl Neufville-Crooks, JP
PR & Marketing Specialist was incorrectly names as the author.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused.