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Remembering Aston Cooke

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:00 AM


I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jamaican playwright, actor, and director Aston Cooke. Anyone who has ever worked with Aston knows that he was the ultimate professional, a creative force who was extremely talented and devoted to his work.

He was a marketing genius and an all-round wonderful person. His passion for the arts and culture in Jamaica was at the core of his being: he would go to great lengths to celebrate all things Jamaican. His work and ethics spoke for themselves. He taught many of us how to be storytellers. He was also a mentor to youth, devoting a lot of time to the group he co-founded Jamaica Youth Theatre, a group that was invited to other countries to showcase Jamaican art and culture.

His passing leaves a deep void, and I truly do believe that some day, his works will be studied by those looking to learn more about Jamaican culture. Although he wouldn’t want the tears, there will be lots.

My sincere condolences to his family, close friends, and associates and those who looked up to him as a mentor and a teacher.

P. Chin