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Former Senator Ambassador Anthony Johnson dies

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 4:50 PM
At different times during his political career, Ambassador Anthony Johnson had various portfolio responsibilities including, technology, education, industry, commerce, agriculture, mining and energy.

Former Senator Ambassador Anthony Johnson has died at the age of 82.

Johnson, a member of the Jamaica Labour Party since 1980 was also a Member of Parliament, economist and lecturer.

He was first appointed to the Senate after which he became the Member of Parliament for St Catherine North East.

At different times during his political career, Johnson had various portfolio responsibilities including, technology, education, industry, commerce, agriculture, mining and energy.

He was also the first Jamaican council member of Parliamentarians for Global Action.

Anthony Johnson, the diplomat, served as:

  • Ambassador to the United States
  • High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  • Non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Finland, the Kingdoms of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, and Ireland
  • Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Johnson led a life that can only be described as selfless having made invaluable contributions to both the private and public sectors and as an educator lecturing at the University of the West Indies for many years.

"Ambassador Johnson is known in many quarters as an exceptional humanitarian and statesman who was of unquestionable integrity and had an intense devotion to his country," said Holness in a statement.

Winston Sill / Freelance PhotographerJohnson family:  Ambassador Anthony Johnson (right) and  beaming daughter Kamina.Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness host Reception in honour of The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on Tuesday night October 9, 2012.Here are Ambassador Anthony Johnson (right) and daughter ____??????? (left).
IN PHOTO:  In this 2012 photo, Ambassador Anthony Johnson is beaming with daughter Kamina Johnson Smith during a reception.

In 2016, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica for his service.

"His passing has left us heartbroken," the Prime Minister said, while expressing heartfelt condolences to his wife and four children, including Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith.

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