Governor-General’s Statement on the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

The following release has been issued by The Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen.

“This morning Buckingham Palace announced the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and beloved husband of Her Majesty the Queen.

“The Royal Family has lost a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, whose dedication to the Crown, his country and the Commonwealth spans nearly eight decades.

Prince Philip’s legacy will certainly live on in institutions such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and other programmes he instituted for the benefit of young people across the Commonwealth.

As the world mourns this significant loss let us reflect and give thanks for His Royal Highness’ life of devotion to service.

The thoughts and prayers of the Jamaican people are with Her Majesty The Queen and the members of the Royal Family as they mourn this significant loss.”

Additional information will be released to the public as it is made available.

Governor-General’s Statement on the passing of Mr. William Charles McCalla, JP

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret and sadness at the passing of Mr. William Charles McCalla, JP, and husband of former Chief Justice Zaila McCalla.

The Governor-General described Mr. McCalla as a humble human being who remained committed to the development of his native St. Mary, through his service as a lawyer, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and business man.

“Mrs. Justice McCalla has lost her confidante, best friend, and life partner of over four decades, and their three children have lost a supportive and caring father” Sir Patrick said.

“Lady Allen and the King’s House staff join me in expressing our condolence.  We will keep the bereaved family in our thoughts and prayers,” The Governor-General added.



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.