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The National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs (NCOCA), has described the late former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Keith Johnson, O.J., as a “true Caribbean man who brought respect and honour to himself, his country, and the Caribbean region.”
In paying tribute to Ambassador Johnson, General Secretary of NCOCA, Mr. Leopold Edwards, said his passing was a great loss to Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Mr. Edwards lauded the former Ambassador as a man who stood for excellence and maintained a thoughtful, graceful and dignified manner.
“These attributes he displayed, whether he was functioning within the Jamaica youth movement, the government lab, the Jamaica Bureau of Statistics, the Secretariat of the United Nations, or as Jamaica’s first Consul General to the United States, or Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States,” he said.
“His commitment to national independence and Caribbean unity was unwavering. The Caribbean Diaspora in the United States deeply mourns his passing,” Mr. Edwards said.
Ambassador Johnson, who passed away peacefully at his home in New York on October 1, served nearly 50 years in the Diplomatic service. His daughter, Rev. Hope Johnson, told JIS News that a memorial service is being planned for New York.
The Ambassador will be given an official funeral at St. Andrew Parish Church on October 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. He will be interred in Dovecot Memorial Park, in St. Catherine.

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