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'A Time to Say Goodbye' - C. Everard Palmer leaves rich heritage of Caribbean literature

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM

A Time to Say Goodbye was the last published book of Jamaican author, C. Everard Palmer.

He authored more than 15 books in the children's genre and has been recognised for his great work in Jamaican literature.

Among his awards are:

  • Certificate of Merit by the Jamaican Reading Association for contribution to Jamaican children's literature.
  • 1977 Silver Musgrave Medal for Literature from the Institute of Jamaica.

In 1999 he was honoured at a ceremony held in Hanover where a message from the Canadian High Commissioner John Robinson, read by Councillor at the Canadian High Commission Robert Richard, described Palmer as 'the master of the rural Caribbean tale for any readership, adult or juvenile'.

C. Everard Palmer died on June 16 in Mississauga, Canada, and is survived by wife Madge, children Dana, Darren and Craig, and sisters E.D. Roberts and Guinevere M. Murray.