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PM saddened at George Kerr's passing

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister (PM) Portia Simpson Miller has expressed sadness at the passing of former Olympian George Kerr. He was 75.

Kerr had a heart attack and stayed alive in ICU for several days until he succumbed to complications last Friday.

"I wish to express my deep sadness and profound regret at the passing of one of Jamaica's outstanding early international track and field athlete, George Kerr," Simpson Miller said in a media release.

The PM called Kerr, who hailed from Hanover, "... an excellent standard-bearer for Jamaica, who excelled at a sport which was dear to his heart".

The release continued: "His passing in this our 50th year of Independence reminds us of the fact that in 1962 he was the captain of the Jamaica team at the ninth Central American and Caribbean Games, which was the catalyst for the building of the National Stadium.

"He was the star of those Games, winning the 400m and 800m and anchoring the 4x400m relays to win the gold medals. That year he was also named Sportsman of the Year.

"Before that, Kerr had showed his prowess, when by virtue of his tremendous discipline, hard work and devotion to a sport which he loved, he won the bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome," she added.

"At the same Games he also ran as a member of the West Indies team, at the time of the existence of the West Indies Federation, along with Keith Gardener, Mal Spence and Barbadian Jim Wedderburn, in the 4x400m relay and captured the bronze medal. Also, before and after these Games, he won numerous other medals on behalf of Jamaica at the Commonwealth and Pan-American Games," the Prime Minister reminded.

"George Kerr is no longer physically with us but he will always be remembered by me for his devotion to duty on behalf of his beloved Jamaica.

"I wish to extend my condolences to his devoted wife Fay, his children Candice, Karyn, Margaret, Roger and William as well as his seven grandchildren."