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President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Ruel Reid, has described the late past President of the JTA, Michael Clarke, as one who served with “unquestionable distinction and gave of himself unselfishly” at the highest level, leaving a great legacy.
Speaking recently at the funeral service for Mr. Clarke, held at the Torrington Wesleyan Holiness Church in Westmoreland, Mr. Reid said he was a man in whom the membership of the JTA and many others across the country, was “well pleased”.
Mr. Clarke, who was Vice Principal of the Flankers Primary and Junior High School in St. James, served in the education sector for 25 years.
“His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that he could be forceful but gentle, engaging but decisive, consultative but decision and deadline oriented, analytic but without being dismissive, intellectually agile but without being arrogant. Most of all, Michael was a man of great resilience and fortitude in the face of all challenges,” Mr. Reid said.
He pointed out that the late educator “played his innings with class and was never afraid to face the bouncers, the gouglies and the unpredictable bounce of the often times wayward pitches”, and that his passing was a great loss to education, the JTA and to the country.
Hundreds of persons from across the country, particularly from the teaching fraternity attended the service. Mr. Clarke died after a year-long battle with a cancer-related illness.