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KINGSTON — Prime Minister Bruce Golding has described the late Donald Buchanan, PNP Member of Parliament as a lifelong public servant, devoted to the people of St Elizabeth. Mr. Buchanan died   last night after a battle with colon cancer.

"Mr. Buchanan was a stalwart of that brotherhood of legislators who caught the fire of public service from a very early age and who devoted their energies to nation building throughout their lives.  His reputation as a valuable team member was renown, as he earned a place in the Cabinets of three former Prime Ministers," Mr. Golding said.

The late Donald Buchanan, lived in and devoted his life to the parish of St Elizabeth as a political representative. He served as Mayor of Black River in the late 1970’s. For eighteen years, from 1989 until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Buchanan represented the constituency of South West St Elizabeth in the lower house.

His government positions were Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government, Youth & Community Development; Minister of State, Ministry of Information & Public Service; Minister of State, Ministry of Public Service & Environment; Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Planning; Minister, Ministry of Labour & Social Security; Minister, Ministry of Water & Housing and his last posting was Minister of Information & Development under the then PNPP Government.                 

Prime Minister Golding offered his sympathies to Mr. Buchanan’s wife, Dorothy, his children and other family members who offered loving care throughout his illness.