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The St. Elizabeth Parish Council paid tribute to former cabinet minister and Deputy Mayor for Black River, the late Donald Buchanan, at its monthly meeting on (January 13).

Leading the tributes was Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, who said that although he and Mr. Buchanan had different political views, he regarded him as “the greatest political strategist that has emerged over the last 30 years” in Jamaica.

Mayor Palmer made mention of Mr. Buchanan straightforwardness, and said he must be admired for it.

“Danny Buck was anything but a hypocrite. What you saw was what you got. He was not a malicious, petty person; he stated his position, you knew exactly where he stood. He was different from a lot people in that regard, and those qualities are to be admired,” the Mayor said.

“Ever since I assumed office as Mayor, I have had nothing but encouragement from Donald Buchanan. He would call me, we talked about experiences in politics and, in my role as Mayor, both in public and in private, I have had nothing but respect from him,” he stated.

Minority Leader in the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, Councillor Donovan Pagon, saw Mr. Buchanan as a teacher and trainer of many persons in the political arena.

“To his family, they are to be strong at this time. Without strength you can’t succeed, and one has to think positive,” Mr. Pagon said.

An official funeral will be held for Mr. Buchanan on January 21, at the St. Peter Church in Pedro Plains, St. Elizabeth. Interment will follow at the family plot in Little Park.

Mr. Buchanan was Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, 1989 to 2007, and Concillor for the Pedro Plains Division, 1974 to 1977. He was Deputy Mayor of Black River, 1975 to 1976. He passed away on January 10, after battling colon cancer.

CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUS
JIS REGIONAL OFFICE, MANDEVILLE