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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding described his mother, the late Enid Louise Golding, as an outstanding educator who taught the English Language, History and Geography for over 40 years and was the founding principal of the then Old Harbour Junior Secondary School.
 
Hundreds turned out yesterday (Sept. 28) to pay respect and tribute to the lady whom her son, PM Golding referred to as a ‘jack of all trades and master of several’. The Thanksgiving Service was held at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Old Harbour where Mrs. Golding was a member for many years.
 
In his reflections, Mr. Golding said though Mrs. Golding taught the three subject areas, her first love was Geography, though she was a fabulous English teacher. She co-authored two books on Caribbean geography and history which were used for several years as part of the high-school curriculum.
 
“She always wanted to be a teacher like her uncle who actually taught her at St. Mary’s School.  From there she went on to Shortwood Teachers College graduating in 1951. Her first teaching post was at Smithfield in Clarendon and Fae Ellington reminds me so often that mom taught her mother at Smithfield. From Smithfield she went on to Ginger Ridge in St. Catherine” PM Golding noted.
 
While teaching at Ginger Ridge, she met and married Tacius Golding, who was the school's headmaster.  The senior Mr. Golding who later became a Parliamentarian and Speaker of the House, and his wife spent 52 years together before he died in 1995. They had three sons: Trevor, a doctor; Prime Minister Bruce Golding, and Tony a businessman. A daughter died in infancy.
 
The Prime Minister said his family takes pride when persons relate that they are past students of Mrs. Golding. The many tributes painted Mrs. Golding as a very generous woman who was always giving even to her children when they were grown men. Prime Minister Golding said she not only taught that giving was a joy but also an obligation.
 
“She was an accomplished seamstress and she sewed all her clothes and sewed shirts for us.  She was the original ‘do it yourself superwoman’.  There was hardly any mechanical or electrical problem that she wouldn’t tackle. If there was a leak in the roof she would go find a ladder and if she couldn’t find one she would build one and she would push a lawn mower faster than any workman could”, Mr. Golding recalled.
 
Mrs. Golding was laid to rest at the St. Dorothy’s Church Cemetery beside her late husband, Tacius Golding.

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