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A public viewing and memorial service for late former Cabinet Minister and parliamentarian, Neville B. Lewis, will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 6) at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home, North Kendal in Miami.
Mr. Lewis died in South Florida on Saturday (Dec. 30), after a prolonged illness. He was 75 years of age. The Government has announced an official funeral service for the late politician, which will be held on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Lacovia Anglican Church in St. Elizabeth, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Lewis served as Minister of Social Security from 1980-1983 and Local Government from 1983-1989 under the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). He also rose to the position of deputy leader of the JLP in 1981 and held the post until 1993. He was Member of Parliament for North West St. Elizabeth from 1976 until his retirement from active politics in 1993. During his tenure in that region, Mr. Lewis was known for his grassroots style of politics and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the New Market community “Lewisville” after major floods in 1979.
Described as a patriot, with a great passion for his country and his people, he brought a greater awareness to the plight of the disabled, ensuring that the poor and disabled were protected during his tenure as Minister with responsibility for Social Security.
Born in May 1931, in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth, Mr. Lewis was educated at Munro College and then at Lincoln’s Inn in London.
He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, two children Touissant and Nicole, and two grandchildren.