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Business leaders, politicians, civil society saddened by the death of Francis Kennedy

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 10:00 PM

Tributes continue to come in for former president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Francis "Paco" Kennedy, who died last night in Miami, Florida in the United States.



He was being treated in Miami after doing surgery in Jamaica.



Today, both major political parties, civil society and the business community saluted him and acknowledged his contributions to the country.



The governing People's National Party says he served the private sector for nearly 30 years and played a passionate role in initiatives to redevelop downtown Kingston. The Jamaica Labour Party's Generation 2000, says he consistently advocated for a better Jamaica and used his various positions in the private sector to achieve consensus.



Opposition spokesman on Industry and Commerce, Karl Samuda, says Kennedy will be remembered for his work ethic, business acumen, warm personality, and extraordinary commitment to nation-building.



Meanwhile, the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC), which Kennedy co-founded, also paid tribute to him. The JCSC says he was a committed Jamaican and that the organisation benefited greatly from his contributions to its discussions, his advice and guidance.



"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 Chairman of JAMPRO, Milton Samuda, hailed Kennedy's leadership in several areas of business, including the Shipping Association of Jamaica, which he served as president and GraceKennedy, where he was a senior executive. He also praised him as a philanthropist.



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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