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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of former Councillor, Member of Parliament and Custos, James Thompson.
  • Affectionately known as ‘Jim T’, Mr. Thompson died at age 99 years.
  • The Prime Minister said James Thompson made a sterling contribution to the national and political life of the country.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of former Councillor, Member of Parliament and Custos, James Thompson. Affectionately known as ‘Jim T’, Mr. Thompson died at age 99 years.

In paying tribute to the former Parliamentarian, the Prime Minister said James Thompson made a sterling contribution to the national and political life of the country and was an enlightened participant in the national movement from the late 1930s.

Jim Thompson was always of the view that everything must be done to improve the living and working conditions of Jamaicans. He was a man of words and a man of action, who found himself attracted to the leadership of Norman Manley and the ideals of the Peoples National Party.

His passion, commitment and activism led him to serve with distinction both as Member of Parliament for North East Westmoreland (1972-1980) and as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Although a ‘party man’, Jim Thompson was not partisan. The people of Westmoreland and Jamaica held a special place in his heart. He always put the country first, and as Custos of Westmoreland (1990 – 2001) he provided yeoman service on behalf of the people of that parish to whom he was loyal and remained passionate up to his passing.

“The country has lost one of its most loyal public servants, who for most of his 99 years gave everything and did everything he could on behalf of the people of his beloved Jamaica,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

“On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, I express sincere condolences to the family, especially his son Bishop Robert Thompson, and pray you will all be comforted in the fact that his deeds were noble and his contribution will remain a lasting legacy. May his soul rest in peace,” the Prime Minister said.