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  • The Prime Minister lauded the former Mayor, for giving voluntary service and supporting the development of others.
  • “He displayed great commitment to the service he gave as Mayor. He was an outstanding visionary and pragmatic public servant..
  • The Prime Minister lead the tributes at the funeral of the former Mayor held at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Manchester.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed the late former Mayor of Mandeville, Cecil Charlton, as a tireless and selfless public servant, whose service to his parish and his people will be fondly remembered.

“He displayed great commitment to the service he gave as Mayor. He was an outstanding visionary and pragmatic public servant, who dedicated himself to work for the good of all the people, paying special attention to the less fortunate,” the Prime Minister said.

She was leading tributes at the Official Funeral of the former Mayor held today (Oct. 6), at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Mr. Charlton believed in the endless capacity of leaders to uplift the lives of others. “Everyone knew that for him, Mandeville was the centre of the universe. His passionate advocacy in the field of local government earned him the title ‘Mr. Local Government.’ This giant of a man was recognized by his colleagues as a visionary reformer, and expert in the field of local government,” she stated.

The Prime Minister, in lauding the three-time Mayor of the Manchester capital, noted that he gave voluntary service, and supported organizations that work for the development of others, “even outside of his immediate environment.”

She cited the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), as among the organizations that benefitted greatly from Mr. Charlton’s generosity.

“His strong sense of service and generosity has left an indomitable mark on community and national consciousness. Thousands will recall his contribution to cultural development projects in Mandeville, and across Jamaica. Who can forget his fine contribution of service when he donated his salary as Mayor to the Salvation Army?”, she stated.

Stressing that his skills and talents were used for development, she said that he has left Jamaica a better place that he found it.

“The fruits of Cecil Charlton’s excellent record of service remain with us, but we shall miss his flamboyant personality. His qualities of caring, determination, dedication, loyalty and reliability, made him an excellent representative of the people, and a wonderful human being,” the Prime Minister said.