Clarendon councillor dies
Melvin Jones, councillor for the May Pen North Division of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, has died. Jones passed away on Sunday after ailing for some time.
Local Government minister Desmond McKenzie said that Jones' strong work ethic, passion for people, and engaging personality all combined to endear him to all who knew him and worked with him.
"His stature and influence went beyond the May Pen North Division. His devotion to the development of Clarendon through local government was without question," McKenzie said.
The minister said that Councillor Jones has made a valuable contribution to local governance, and has left behind a blueprint of effective service for his successor.
That is the summation from Member of Parliament Mike Henry of the feelings in the town and constituency at the passing of Jones, who was a representative at the parochial level for over 20 years.
Henry said that Jones was "a gentle giant who gave political representation his all."
Henry said that he has lost an outstanding lieutenant who will not be easily replaced, "but through the love and respect for him, along with his record of service, his successor will have a solid platform on which to build for the future."