Governor-General Pays Tribute to Justice Paul Harrison

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed shock and sadness at the sudden passing of the Honourable Mr Justice Paul Harrison, OJ.

In a statement this afternoon, Sir Patrick described Justice Harrison as “a dignified, quiet, tireless, dedicated and hard-working Judge who made an invaluable contribution to the legal system in Jamaica.  Fairness, balance, and the Rule of Law were his guiding legal principles”

Justice Harrison, 85, was appointed to the Privy Council on September 3, 2007, and was named Senior Member on September 3, 2013. Sir Patrick noted that “Justice Harrison’s passing has created a deep void on the Council that will be difficult to fill.”

Justice Harrison’s erudition and jurisprudence were recognized throughout the Caribbean Region.  At the time of his passing, he was the Judge in the ongoing Special Investigation on the Prosecution Team in a corruption trial in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  He was hearing the case remotely.

The Governor-General said, “I wish to convey my heartfelt condolence to his family, especially his wife, Doreen, son Dirk, and daughter Paulette, who have lost a loving husband and a good father.  I trust they will take comfort in knowing they are not alone at this sad time.”

Justice Harrison served as President of the Court of Appeal from 2005-2007.  He previously served as a Judge of the Supreme Court and a Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Governor-General’s Statement on the passing of the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret and sadness at the passing of the Honourable Gordon   “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD. Sir Patrick described Mr Stewart as “a transformational leader,   entrepreneur, philanthropist, and patriot who made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism industry and economy.”

Mr Stewart achieved global recognition as a visionary leader by his tourism peers.  The many accolades he received speak to this ongoing recognition, and his indelible contribution to the industry in Jamaica and the entire Caribbean Region.  In addition to the National Honours, Mr Stewart also received numerous other global tourism, entrepreneurial, and educational awards.

Butch Stewart, as he is affectionately called, was an achiever and philanthropist who presented individuals, the world over, with opportunities to improve their lives.

Under his indefatigable leadership, Human Resource Management occupied a high place in the Sandals and ATL Group of Companies as evidenced by a consistent focus on training and development for all levels of staff.  This enhanced capacity allowed them to maintain the high level of excellence for which the chain is known and lauded worldwide.

His contribution to the development of the Jamaican society, and the preservation and promulgation of our culture and people, will continue through his educational institution and media enterprises.

Mr Stewart’s contribution and interaction with the Social Programmes of the Office of The Governor-General and Staff will be missed.

Lady Allen and I, and the King’s House staff extend our heartfelt condolence to his widow, Chyril, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his extended entrepreneurial family.  Mr Stewart has left a lasting legacy and we hope that they will be comforted by “the God of comfort.”

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Jeanette Grant Woodham, OD

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed sadness at the news of the recent passing of Jeanette Grant-Woodham, OD, former President of the Senate of Jamaica.  Mrs. Grant-Woodham will be remembered as an outstanding educator, inspirational leader and devoted civil servant. Her numerous career feats in politics and education centered her as a representation of trailblazing women.

Noting Mrs. Grant-Woodham’s unrelenting advocacy for the recognition of political empowerment of women and the elimination of discrimination against them, Sir Patrick said that future generations would benefit from her contribution to the awareness of gender equality.

Most notable of the many ‘firsts’ of her achievements and contributions, is her service as the first female President of the Senate of Jamaica. Mrs. Grant-Woodham also served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The University of Technology, The University of The West Indies and the Tivoli Comprehensive High School.

Her contributions to the development of Jamaica through education and culture are immeasurable. We have lost a treasure in her, but her legacy and life inspires us to break barriers, model servant leadership and to champion causes greater than ourselves.

Lady Allen joins His Excellency in expressing deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Reverend Dr. George Simpson

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed  regret at the news of the recent passing of  the Reverend Dr. George Vincent Simpson, OD, former President of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) and the Jamaica Council of Churches,  and retired pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church in St. James.

Reverend Simpson had a long and distinguished career in Christian ministry, having served for over three decades as the Pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church, and previously as Pastor of the Stewart Town Circuit of Churches in Trelawny for eleven years.

Reverend Simpson will be  remembered as a loyal and enthusiastic leader  who spearheaded the establishment of the Baptist Food Pantry and Welfare Department in St. James, which assisted numerous persons in times of need.

Throughout his career,  Revd Simpson  impacted the lives of many Jamaicans, and was instrumental in the establishment of several churches and basic schools in the Parishes of Trelawny and St. James. He was passionate, committed,  and undaunted in his ministry to transform human lives.  He  gave unselfishly of his time and energy to several church and school Boards until his retirement in 2015.

The Governor-General and Lady Allen extend their condolences to his widow, Joan,  and their children.



Governor-General Pays Tribute to Dr Neville Gallimore

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the passing of Dr Neville Gallimore, CD, JP, and former Member of Parliament for South West St. Ann.

His passing marks the end of an era,” The Governor-General said, describing Dr Gallimore as a “patriot who passionately loved his country.”  While serving in Government, Dr Gallimore was known for his slogan “God first, Jamaica second, and my party third.”

The Governor-General noted that Dr. Gallimore, 81, had the distinction of becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in 1967 and gave over thirty years of dedicated service to the Jamaican Parliament.

Sir Patrick observed that Dr Gallimore had continued the distinguished legacy of his father and made a remarkable contribution to Jamaican politics.   He added, “During his tenure as Minister of Education, Minister of Social Security, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Gallimore carried out his duties with dedication and enthusiasm.”


Sir Patrick said that as a medical doctor, Dr Gallimore could have worked anywhere in the world but after completing his training overseas, he chose to return to serve his country, doing so with dignity and integrity.

Sir Patrick pointed to some of Dr. Gallimore’s achievements which contributed to the improved standard of living for many Jamaicans. These included the establishment of the University Council of Jamaica, the introduction of the Food Stamp Programme, and the establishment of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). He also co-founded the Aboukir High School and Institute.

Although Dr Gallimore had retired from active politics for some time, he set an example for generations to follow, Sir Patrick said.

The Governor-General and Lady Allen have extended their condolence to his widow, Angela, and their children.