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Douglas Manley had a wicked sense of humour

Published:Monday | August 19, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Remembered as a man of few words who always had something profound to say when he did speak, last Thursday, family and friends bid a fond farewell to Dr Douglas Ralph Manley, CD, at a sombre thanksgiving service at the University Chapel, Mona, St Andrew.

Brilliant, scholar, calm, calculating, blunt, astute, insightful, meticulous, loyal, man of integrity, enigmatic, unpredictable, complicated, a contradiction and an observant man who never sought the limelight were some of the words used to describe the older brother of the late Michael Manley.

In his tribute to the late politician, lawyer, lecturer, athlete and author, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson noted that Douglas was famous for his wicked sense of humour and wit. He revealed that his friend was a somewhat absent-minded professor with a penchant for mischief, and who never backed down from a bully.

Sharing about his life in politics, Patterson said Manley was a down-to-earth politician who had an unorthodox style of campaigning, evident during his 1972 bid for member of parliament (MP) for South Manchester.

Political Career

The son of National Hero Norman Manley, Douglas served as MP for South Manchester between 1989 and 1993. During his political career he also served as a senator as well as minister of youth and community development; minister of health; minister of state for mining and energy; and minister of youth, culture and community development.

"Douglas Manley was a performer of the highest order," noted Patterson.

"For 91 years he sojourned among us. He has made the point... and the work he has accomplished will burn as a flame that no one can ever extinguish."

In his remembrance, grandnephew Drum Manley Drummond said Uncle Doug was a man easy to remember but not easy to understand.

Drum spoke of Douglas's avid love for boxing, his philosophical utterances and curious religious views.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and a strong contingent of government ministers and officials were among the gathering paying their last respects.

Born on May 30, 1922, Manley passed away on July 26 at the age of 91 at his Drumblair, St Andrew residence following a long illness.