Late veteran journalist and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne.

Lady Allen and I join with Jamaicans and friends across the world in expressing our shock and sadness at the passing of a national icon, Ian Boyne.

There was a strong bonds of friendship between us at both a professional and a personal level. We will always be grateful for the sincerity of his friendship and the support and encouragement we received from him.

We have every reason to believe that in both life and death, he is worthy of the many accolades which he will be receiving in the days, months and years ahead. We trust that the respect and appreciation being so generously expressed will bring some measure of comfort to you and the family.

Ian has spent a lifetime in serving others and his legacy will long remain to inspire generations of Jamaicans.

We pray God’s comfort and blessings on you at this sad time of separation.