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.