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The official Service of Thanksgiving for the late former Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party and Minister of Health, Dr. Herbert Eldemire, C.D., will be held at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 1 Fort Street, Montego Bay, St. James, tomorrow (May 28), beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding; medical practitioner and family friend, Dr. Marco Brown; daughter, Dr. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, C.D; and son, Mr. Barney Eldemire will pay tributes at the service.
Celebrants will be Rev. Father Marc Real; Most Rev. Edgerton Clarke; Most Rev. Charles Dufour; Very Rev. Msgr. Eremodo Muavesi; Rev. Winston Stuart; and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Herbert Panton.
Lessons will be read by Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, and daughter, Ms. Jane Eldemire.
Dr. Eldemire served as Minister of Health from 1962 to 1972 and was responsible for, among other things, the establishment of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, the School of Nursing and introduction of the National Family Planning Programme. He was again elected to Parliament for a third term from 1976 to 1980. He also served as Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1967 to 1972.
As a physician, he maintained a large private practice in Montego Bay for over 40 years. He was an avid sportsman and was involved in the promotion of sports, especially boxing.
He died peacefully at his home in Reading, St. James, on May 20 after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.
Dr. Eldemire is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jane, Andrea, Denise; son Barney (Herbert Jnr); and brother, Arthur.