Prime Minister Andrew Holness has offered condolences to the family of Douglas Vaz, the former Minister of Industry and Commerce who served in the Cabinet during the 1980s, and who died in his sleep. He was 83 years old.
“Douglas has made an invaluable and far-reaching contribution to the development of our nation. He served as Minister of Industry and Commerce and was a former President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association,” said Prime Minister Holness.
Mr. Vaz was Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew from 1980 to 1989 and later due to changes in the constituency boundaries moved to representing St Andrew North Eastern for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). He continued to represent the JLP in that constituency until 1993.
According to the Prime Minister, Mr. Vaz is remembered as a hard worker, a team player and a mentor to many young business and political enthusiasts.
“Douglas served with distinction. He worked for the betterment of Jamaica and transcended political borders with an unwavering commitment and contribution to nation-building. My thoughts are with the Vaz family at this time,” said Prime Minister Holness.
Douglas Vaz is the father of Cabinet Minister and West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz.
Meanwhile, President of the People’s National Party and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips has conveyed condolences to the family and relatives of former MP Wendell "Bull Bull" Stewart on behalf of the Leadership and the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Party.
The former Member of Parliament for Trelawny North died early yesterday morning in his sleep while at home.
"Comrade Stewart was a true servant of the people who dedicated his life to advocating for social and political changes to improve the life experience for those he served as the Member of Parliament," said Dr. Phillips.
“We hold you in our thoughts and prayers during this period of bereavement,” Phillips said.
A release from the PNP said " Stewart returned from the US in the late 1990s to represent the PNP in 1997 general elections and succeeded in representing the constituency of Trelawny Northern as its parliamentary representative from 1997 to 2002.
"He succeeded PNP stalwart Desmond Leaky. So strong was his desire to serve that in 2016, he offered himself as a candidate for the Duncan’s Division in the local government election."
"He was a member of the Falmouth Infant School Board, and founding member and President of one of Falmouth’s original youth clubs, The Conquerors. This club, during its formative years, contributed significantly to the development of Falmouth through sports, welfare and the preservation of its Georgian Heritage.
"Cde Stewart was a believer in education and during his tenure as Member of Parliament, he founded the Wendell Stewart Basic School in New Cargen and contributed to the completion of the Granville Basic School. He was an active member of the Friends of Trelawny Association, and up to the time of his passing, was integral in the 250th celebration of the township of Falmouth. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the People’s National Party and the Constituency Executive of Trelawny Northern, I offer sincere condolences to his family and friends.” Dr Phillips said.
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