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.


Governor-General Pays Tribute to Hugh Perry


Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the recent passing of Mr Hugh Perry, OD, JP, describing his life as “the epitome of volunteerism”.

The Governor-General said Mr Perry, 80, had given a lifetime of unstinting, dedicated service that will always be remembered.  A fellow Portlander, Sir Patrick knew Mr Perry well, and recalled that he was a role model and mentor for many young men in the Parish.

Sir Patrick pointed to Mr Perry’s impressive service in the areas of sports, community development, education, and health.  He served for many years as the President of the Jamaica Football Federation, the Portland Football Association, and the Jamaica Football Referees Association.  He was also vice president and treasurer of the Jamaica Cricket Association.  As a Justice of the Peace, he served as President of the Portland Lay Magistrates Association and was also a member of the Boards of the Titchfield High School, the Port Antonio Hospital, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Sir Patrick said, “Although the organizations which he served will miss his contribution and leadership, those who carry on his work can pay tribute to him by maintaining the high standard of excellence which he set.  Lady Allen and I extend our sincere condolences to his family.”

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Oliver Clarke

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the recent passing of the Hon Oliver Clarke, OJ, describing him as a patriot, astute businessman, dedicated philanthropist, outstanding media boss, and a gentle giant whose dignity, enthusiasm, and compassion were legendary.

Sir Patrick said Mr Clarke was a visionary whose bold initiatives profoundly impacted and changed the media landscape in Jamaica. His passion, determination to achieve success, leadership, and love for Jamaica led to many lasting contributions to national development.  He was a tireless, committed champion of the Private Sector, and wanted to make Jamaica a better place.

Noting The Gleaner Company’s unwavering support for The Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), and Mr. Clarke’s role as a founding sponsor of the GGAA since its inception 30 years ago, Sir Patrick said over the past 10 years, the I Believe Initiative and The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence also benefitted from Mr Clarke’s support and personal interest.

Mr Clarke’s contribution to education, sports, the arts, and religion is testament to some of the many areas in which he worked humbly and quietly without fanfare. Jamaica has lost a giant who inspired and touched the lives of many in a very meaningful way”, The Governor-General said.

Sir Patrick added, “As we mourn and celebrate the life of this remarkable Jamaican, our greatest tribute will be to carry on the outstanding legacy of patriotism .  Lady Allen and I extend our sincere condolences to his widow, Monica, and  daughter, Alexandra.”