Carlyle Dunkley hailed for service to nation

June 24, 2017
Peter Phillips
Granville Valentine

Carlyle Dunkley, who served as minister of public utilities and transport between 1979 and 1980; minister of national security 1980; opposition senator - 1980-1983; shadow minister of education - 1984-1989, died on Tuesday night in hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.


Dr Peter Phillips, president of the People's National Party:

The People's National Party will always remember Comrade Dunkley for his invaluable service as a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) for over forty years and as a member of the Party's Executive Committee. Comrades islandwide will recall his infectious enthusiasm on the campaign trail. On a personal level, I would like to place on record my own debt to Carlyle for his mentorship and guidance during my early political career. A grateful nation conferred on him the Order of Jamaica in 1991. Our condolences go to his widow, Phyllis; sons Graham and Stephen; grandchildren, Jacob and Chelsea; and other members of the bereaved family.

Vincent Morrison, president, Union Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees:

Mr Dunkley's passing has left a void in the trade union movement ... Mr Dunkley has succeeded in all his field of endeavours, whether it was the trade union movement, politics or as a minister of government. His contribution to the trade union movement will always be remembered.

Granville Valentine, General Secretary, the National Workers Union:

"He was an astute advocate for the working-class people of Jamaica who never ceased in his endeavours to secure a better quality of life for the Jamaican worker. His greatest legacy is that he genuinely cared about the working class and was fierce in his representation of their rights and that of the ordinary Jamaican."

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