JAMAICA | Former Tourism Minister Francis Tulloch dies at the age of 81

JAMAICA | Former Tourism Minister Francis Tulloch dies at the age of 81

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, June 23, 2022 - The People’s National Party has expressed condolences at the passing of former St. James and Hanover Member of Parliament Francis Tulloch, who died today after a prolonged illness at the age of 81.

In a statement today, the PNP noted that "Mr. Tulloch who served as Member of Parliament for three St James constituencies: Central (1972-76), West Central (1976-80) and North West (1997-2000), and in Eastern Hanover (1992-1997). Mr Tulloch also served with distinction, as one of Jamaica’s foremost Ministers of Tourism."

"A political stalwart in St. James and a former Vice President of the Party, Francis made invaluable contributions, not only to representational politics, but also to the development of the Tourism Industry. He was integral in the formation of JUTA and JACAL, and was keen to ensure that there was space for small operators to earn from the industry, whether through transportation, craft, accommodations, or attractions.

The dstatement noted that "Tulloch’s brilliance propelled him into key governmental roles, where he championed path-breaking policies and programmes, which set a new standard for Ministerial operations. Boasting an impressive record of service, Francis Tulloch was a well-respected Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Minister of State in Tourism, before being Minister of Tourism in 1997."

PNP President Mark Golding hailed Francis Tulloch as a legend and true patriot, who epitomized the best of Jamaica. He said, “We have lost a son who put country before self. Francis was one of those politicians whose love for his country superseded any personal ambitions or motivations. Jamaica will long remember his stellar record of service and nation building. Hail the man!”

Senator Janice Allen, Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism & Linkages, who worked with Tulloch said, “my personal connection with Mr. Tulloch goes back to childhood as he was a family friend and political colleague of my father. From as long as I have known about politics and the PNP, I have known of Francis Tulloch. In 1997 directly out of University, I had my first job in Tourism, working as his assistant.

It was in Mr Tulloch’s office that I cut my teeth in the industry, gaining invaluable insight from a true master of his craft.”

Senator Allen went on to say “working with Mr. Tulloch helped me to appreciate the valuable contribution of the tourism industry to the Jamaican people and economy. He was a man who always put the people first, earning him the moniker ‘Little David’, the champion of the people”.

"On behalf of the People’s National Party, we extend condolences to the family of this great Jamaican who served so well. To his widow, Doreen; children Tony, Gina, David, Andrew, Erica and Matthew, we offer prayers in this trying time."  May his soul rest in peace, the statement concluded.

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