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“I grieve with the media fraternity that has lost three stalwarts in a very short space of time and I express sympathy also to the family and friends of Geoff, Dotty and Monica. The nation is grateful for what they contributed and we shall surely miss them.”
The words of Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports the Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, as she expressed her sadness at the passing, in quick succession, of media personalities, Geoff Brown today, Dorothy Lacroix, a couple of days ago, and Monica Dias, a week ago.
Miss Grange said that hardly had we digested the news of the passing of Mrs. Dias and Mrs. Lacroix, we were hit with the information today that newspaper columnist and social worker, Geoff Brown died yesterday.
The Information Minister said that many had come to know and respect Mr. Brown for the views which he expressed over time as a columnist for The Gleaner and latterly for the Daily Observer. Also many students would have benefitted from his lectures and companies from his advice as a consultant, Miss Grange said.
She said that Mrs. Dorothy Lacroix, famously known as Dotty Dean, was truly a leader among women broadcasters in Jamaica and had also served Radio Jamaica well, as a member of that station’s board of directors.
The Minister said that she was aware that Monica Dias was a sterling journalist for many years at The Gleaner.
All three persons gave exceptional service to the Jamaican media, Minister Grange concluded.