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A memorial service is being planned in Toronto, Canada, for the late Lady Gladys Bustamante, wife of Jamaica’s first Prime Minister and National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante.
The Ecumenical Service will take place on Sunday, September 20, at the Revivaltime Tabernacle, 4340 Dufferin Street, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Chairperson of the Planning Committee, Ms. Letna Allen-Rowe, said the recent passing of Lady Bustamante was a great loss to Jamaica and Jamaicans, and it is important and fitting that Canadians celebrate her life.
“We want to acknowledge and pay tribute to her unique and significant contribution to Jamaica as Jamaica’s First Lady,” said Ms. Allen-Rowe. “She stood side-by-side with her husband during the 1938 fight for the betterment of the workers of Jamaica, and was an integral part of the team which helped usher Jamaica into Independence in 1962,” she added.
The service will feature tributes to Lady Bustamante, performances by choirs, singers, and dancers, and the participation of several ministers of religion from different denominations, including Rev. Audley James of Revivaltime Tabernacle, who will deliver the sermon; Bishop Dr. C. Lloyd Battieste from Redemption Faith Ministries and Rev. Anthony Chung from Ossington Baptist Church.
The Planning Committee is made up of members of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF), the South Clarendon Community Association and Friends of Jamaica.
Lady B, as she was affectionately called, died on July 25 at the age of 97. She was accorded an official funeral by the Government on August 8. She was buried beside her husband in National Heroes Park, in Kingston.

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