With the passing of John “Jackie Minott” Jamaica has lost one of our most distinguished visionaries. The parish of Manchester where he lived for most of his life will always be grateful, both for his impact on the local economy and for the inspiration he gave to others in the course of his commercial and production initiatives. Those who knew him well were impressed by his geniality, his community spirit and infectious joie de vivre.
He leaves behind, not only a legacy of success in all his undertakings, but memories of a generous and caring citizen who loved his country and believed that the rights and aspirations of our people should be respected. Mr. Minott was a truly patriotic Jamaican who walked the walk and encouraged others to do the same. He embodied the words of our own literary icon V. S. Reid, who encouraged us to “serve with humble pride”, and this “shining homeland” will ever be grateful for his time among us.
Lady Allen joins me in extending sincere condolences to his widow and other members of the Minott family. Our years in Manchester brought us into contact with him, and we were able to be close observers of his influence on and support of people and their development institutions. He will be sorely missed by all who knew, respected and loved him. We join with all Jamaica in giving thanks for his life and work.