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Jamaica's business leaders saddened by the death of Francis Kennedy

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Members of the private sector have reacted with sadness to the death of President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Francis 'Paco' Kennedy.

Kennedy passed away last night in Miami, Florida in the United States, where he was undergoing treatment following a recent surgical operation in Jamaica.

'Paco' has been a significant figure in the private sector over the years, being among other things, a GraceKennedy stalwart and president of the JCC.

"He has also worked closely with us at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), helping to build consensus within the private sector, and supported the vision of the entire private sector working as one,” says Christopher Zacca, PSOJ president.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power-106 News this morning, immediate past president of the JCC and current chairman of JAMPRO, Milton Samuda called his death a tremendous loss to the private sector.

He says Kennedy was a leader in many areas of business, having served as president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica and an executive at GraceKennedy.

He says 'Paco' was also a philanthropist in his own ways.

On Monday, Kennedy was among the recipients of the National Honours and Awards, however, his insignia was received on his behalf by his wife‎, Marjory.

He is survived by Marjory, daughter Catherine and son Charles.


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