In a statement, in tribute to Mr. Kennedy, the Prime Minister said “ He was literally born with manufacturing in his blood, being a descendant of the founders of the popular GraceKennedy Company.
Mr Kennedy was always driven by the desire to improve the cause of business and doing business in Jamaica.
He was not just a businessman who tended to his own business, he also tended to the business of others.
That is why he was elevated to the position of president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, a position he held up to the time his passing. It was for the very same reason why he served, some years ago, as the president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica. He also served the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica in many different capacities.
Mr Kennedy must also be recognised for his years of contribution to the efforts to revitalise downtown Kingston. He was a passionate believer in the Kingston market district and he, along with others, have been working tirelessly to make this a reality. Paco was also integral to the Partnership for Jamaica agreement.
In all his undertakings he served with exemplary dedication and humility and he never, in all the years that I have I known him, complained or protested when called upon to be of public service.
It was with this in mind that the Government this year, decided to recognize his inestimable contribution to national development by way of a national award.
On behalf of the Government, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, especially his dear wife Marjorie, daughter Catherine and son Charles, whom we all have in our prayers at this time.”
In the meantime, The Coordinating Committee of the National Partnership Council has expressed deep sadness at the sudden passing of Mr. Kennedy .
In a statement today, the National Partnership Council said Mr. Kennedy was a most faithful member of the Social Partnership body, serving between 2009 and 2014.
“He always brought a constructive, practical perspective to the deliberations of the Partnership Council and was respected for the patriotic stance which he consistently displayed. Apart from his significant contribution to the Council meetings, he was always available to consult on issues to advance the growth agenda and to speak at regional forums aimed at extending the reach of the Partnership,” the statement said.
“As an active member of a group (Acorn) which initiated bilateral informal dialogue between management and trade union leaders Mr. Kennedy has remained committed to the partnership principle, continuing vibrant participation within that group until the present, and supporting the Partnership Council whenever possible.
He, along with other private sector leaders, and representatives from Government, the Trade Union movement and Civil Society participated in the formalization of the Partnership for Jamaica Agreement signed a year ago.
The Council extends sincere condolences to his wife Marjorie and members of his family. Jamaica has lost a true patriot. They have lost the person at the centre of their lives."