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Sir Howard never lost common touch

Published:Friday | July 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM


As a people, we must be mourning the recent passing of one of Jamaica's most renowned sons of the soil, former Governor General Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke, who has left behind a monumental legacy of giving outstanding service to his country in various capacities.

This outstanding Jamaican was a stalwart in politics, teaching, lay preaching, among others.

Sir Howard was the most astute politician to have represented the people of St James. His leadership was marked by enthusiasm and courage.

This political giant had a distinguished political career which started from as far back as in 1938 when he became one of the founding members of the People's National Party. Over the years, he channelled his leadership abilities with vision, giving Herculean services as a senator from 1962-1967, a member of the House of Representatives from 1967-1980, minister of government 1972-1980, and president of the Senate from 1989-1991.

Teacher Cooke, as we all called him, also had a passion for teaching, and he served well in this field for more than two decades. Montegonians will remember him for his empathy for both students and teachers of the Montego Bay Boys' School, where he was principal. And the spirituality of the man was so profound!

Sir Howard will always be remembered as a man who walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.