- Mourners filled the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, where the official funeral service was held.
- Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson did the remembrance.
- Mr. Mullings was laid to rest in the church’s cemetery, next to his mother, Victoria Mullings.
Hundreds of Jamaicans, from all walks of life, travelled to the hills of Claremont, St. Ann on October 24, to pay their final respects to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Seymour St. Edward “Foggy” Mullings, OJ, CD.
Mourners filled the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, where the official funeral service was held. Tents were erected on the lawns of the church to facilitate the large number of people that turned up at the 168-year-old sanctuary.
Nature, as if recognizing the solemn occasion, provided a cool breeze, which gave some relief from the warm conditions.
The funeral service began at exactly 11:00 am with musical prelude, featuring world renowned musician and entertainer, Stephen “Cat” Coore, and Norma Walters.
Bible lessons were read by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, while former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson did the remembrance.
There were tributes on behalf of the Claremont community by Lloyd Garrick; Mr. Mulling’s sister, Mrs. Phyllis Amber, on behalf of the Mullings family; and from Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke on behalf of the People’s National Party, all of which underscored the simple but exemplary life of the late Mr. Mullings.
There was also a musical selection by Myrna Hague and poem by Mr. Mulling’s granddaughter, Rhianna Hemans.
In his remembrance, Mr. Patterson described Mr. Mullings as “one of a kind”. He noted that “his sound upbringing and calm temperament made him uniquely fitted for the time and space, which he occupied in Jamaica’s political history”.
Mr. Patterson stated further that the sharpness of mind of Mr. Mullings, his ease of manner and his love and respect for people as individuals, marked him as a man who no reasonable person could dislike.
“This unassuming patriot has lived a life of service in exemplary manner and never deviated in the struggle to build a new Jamaica, triumphant, proud and free”, he added.
In the Homily, The Right Rev. Robert Thompson stated that “perhaps what we will remember most about Seymour, is the fact that he never lost sight of his common humanity……no artificial distance existed between himself and others.”
Rev. Thompson said that Mr. Mullings will also be remembered as a servant leader, one who built a network of relationships based on openness and trust.
Following the service, Mr. Mullings was laid to rest in the church’s cemetery. He was buried next to his mother, Victoria Mullings, who died in January 1996.
Mr. Mullings died on October 9 at the age 82, following a period of illness. His contribution to public life spanned some four decades, which saw him serving in the areas of health, youth development, foreign affairs, finance, and agriculture. He also had a three-year stint as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States.
He first entered Parliament in 1969, and served until 1983, when his party did not contest the General Elections of that year. He re-entered Parliament in February 1989, and remained a Member until he retired in 2001.
Mr. Mullings headed the Ministries of Health and Social Security; Finance and the Public Service; Agriculture; and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
CONTACT: BRYAN MILLER