Sir Howard Cooke A Dignified Jamaican - Holness

Release Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:00

The Leader of the Opposition JLP, Honourable Mr Andrew Holness today extended on behalf of the Opposition, condolences to the family of former Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke, on news of his death today.

Sir Howard Cooke, he observed, was well known for his commitment to Jamaica’s political life having been a founding member of the PNP, having served in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and having served as Governor General of Jamaica.

Fondly known as ‘Teacher Cooke’ he was also well known for his commitment to the education sector.  Sir Howard began his public life as a teacher, and emerged as a leader, becoming President of the then Jamaica Union of Teachers.

Mr Holness in recalling his contribution to the education sector and to politics observed ‘We ask that in respecting his memory the country recalls his commitment to the education of the nation as well as to the development of decency in political activity.'

We also take note of his assertion in a recent media interview that: "We are a great people, and we need to stop giving the impression that we are worthless...Look at the number of institutions we have helped to develop, the number of missionaries Jamaica has sent to minister in African countries and other parts of the world. Yet we tend to focus only on the sordid side of life."

Mr Holness in closing stated ‘As Sir Howard pointed out in that interview, all of us in Parliament and ultimately all Jamaicans, have contributions to make towards the development of our country.  We recognize him as a great Jamaican leader in education, politics, and philanthropy, Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke’.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

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