Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, last week presented retired Custos of St. James, Hon. Clarence Nelson with a citation and award in recognition of 13 years of outstanding and meritorious service to the parish and people of St. James.
The presentation was made during a special visit by the Governor-General and the Most Hon. Lady Allen to Mr. Nelson’s home in Anchovy, St. James.
The former Custos, who is ailing, was unable to attend a recent ceremony at King’s House in honour of himself and outgoing Custodes Canon Weeville Gordon of Kingston, and Ryland Barrett of Trelawny.
The Governor-General noted that a meeting of all Custodes was held in Kingston recently, where expressions of appreciation and commendation were made to the three senior members.
The citation, which was read to Mr. Nelson, described him as an outstanding servant of the people, who also served as Justice of the Peace and President of the Lay Magistrates Association, St. James Chapter.
“During his 13-year tenure, Custos Nelson solidified his faithfulness to the development of the parish and by extension, the development of the County of Cornwall and the nation. Described as trustworthy, kind and patriotic, Custos Nelson has been very involved in community outreach programmes through various organisations,” the document said.
In his reply, the former Custos expressed gratitude to the Governor-General and his wife for visiting him and for presenting him with the citation.
“I am very humbled that you have taken time out to do me this honour and to come in person to present me with this wonderful citation. Thank you very much,” he said.