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Speech

The Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding on behalf of the Ministry and by extension the Government of Jamaica, expresses sadness at the passing of Dennis Edmunds, and extends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Mr. Edmunds was a former senior attorney within the Attorney General’s Chambers and later a partner with DunnCox from 1987 to his retirement in 2007. He was thereafter a consultant in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department.

Mr. Edmunds was a leading commercial attorney in Jamaica. A quiet and patient man with a mild disposition, he never sought the limelight. He had a fine intellect and was very thorough in his approach to his work.

Mr. Edmunds acted somewhat as a mentor to Minister Golding, who was then a young associate attorney at the then Dunn, Cox & Orrett, having the good fortune of working closely with the legal luminary. Minister Golding benefitted tremendously from exposure to his wide knowledge of the law, which he was always willing to share with others.

While Mr. Edmunds may not have received the recognition that his excellence deserved, in a profession where knowledge, skill and experience in commercial law are not always recognised and appreciated by other branches of the profession and the wider public, his humility would not have let this bother him.

He was a quiet giant and Jamaica has lost one of her most able attorneys with his passing.