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Glowing tributes were paid to late former Parliamentarian, Alva Ross during a Thanksgiving Service for his life, at the Bethel United Church in Highgate, St. Mary on Thursday, November 18.
Mr. Ross, who was given an Official Funeral by the Government, served as Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of Public Utilities and Transport, Minister of Local Government, and Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 22 years he served as Member of Parliament for South Eastern St. Mary from 1967 to 1989. He died on November 7.
The Thanksgiving Service was preceded by an official funeral service earlier in the day at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston.
The Highgate service was attended by a large gathering, including family members, former political colleagues and former constituents.
Among those paying tributes were Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, Senator Bruce Golding; Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Robert Montague; Lloyd Henry, former Mayor of Port Maria; Councillor John Myers of the St. Mary Parish Council; Dr. Isaac Brown and Tarn Peralto.
In giving the remembrance, Attorney-at-law, William Tavares-Finson said Mr. Ross was an honest and decent man.
He praised the late Member of Parliament for his devotion as a husband and family man, adding that his life was an excellent example for others to emulate.
Delivering the sermon, the Rev. Dr. Derik Davidson said Mr. Ross had given excellent service to his community and the country, and urged Jamaicans to show respect for him by using their lives to do things which were gracious and noble.
In interviews with JIS News, several members of the congregation expressed sorrow and regret at the passing of Mr. Ross, noting that St. Mary and Jamaica had lost a great son.
Many spoke of the close relationship they had with him during the years when he served as Member of Parliament, recalling that he was a gentle and caring person, who was always willing to assist with their problems.

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