JIS News

The Bustamante Hospital for Children, Kingston, has erected a shrine in honour of Lady Gladys Bustamante, widow of National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, who died on July 25.
Administrator at the Hospital, Henry Anglin noted that the shrine was erected shortly after the hospital heard of Lady Bustamante’s passing.
“Lady Bustamante was the patron of the hospital, and we were requested to do so (and) we thought it was appropriate to do so,” Mr. Anglin told JIS News.
Mr. Anglin noted that, so far, the response from the public has been good.
“Everyone thinks it’s a good idea; they have commended us for it and think it is lovely. We are pleased to know that we did something that honours Lady Bustamante and that the public is happy with it, as well,” he stated.
“As patron of the hospital, she did a tremendous lot of good for us. She had quite an impact when we needed help. Lady Bustamante would quietly go and seek help from Corporate Jamaica and her influence was such that, nobody could tell her no when she asked for help,” he added.
He said that she made quite an impact as the hospital’s patron , and she is going to be missed.
Condolence books have been opened at Jamaica House on Hope Road; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in New Kingston; all overseas missions; all parish and municipal councils; the Bureau of Women’s Affairs at 4 Ellesmere Road; and at the Bustamante Museum at Tucker Avenue.
Condolence books have also been opened at the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) headquarters, Belmont Road, Kingston and at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union’s (BITU) Duke Street head office.
Lady Bustamante will be buried at National Heroes Park on Saturday (August 8) after an official funeral at the Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Liguanea, Kingston starting at 1:00 pm. Saturday will also be observed as a national day of mourning for her passing.

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