Jamaica Gleaner : 2020-05-28

OFC : 52 : D4


P E | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | D4 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 Clarke remembered as xceptional citizen A owerful influence in shaping modern Jamaica – Shaw, Falconer “H said: “Oliver had a tough exterior, but beneath that was a dry sense of humour, a fondness for teasing and playful mischief. I enjoyed my many conversati­ons with Oliver and will always appreciate his profound love for Jamaica and his efforts to influence positive change.” Falconer, who was minister during the merger, said no one could ever think of and not remember Oliver E PURSUED his entreprene­urial ventures with diligence and the consistent pursuit of excellence. And throughout his life journey, he maintained a healthy sense of honour. May God bless surround his family in their time of bereavemen­t,” said Audley Shaw in tribute. Sandrea Falconer served as informatio­n minister and interfaced with Oliver Clarke at the height of the merger of The Gleaner Company with Radio Jamaica. The entity is now the RJRGLEANER Communicat­ions Group. “Jamaica has lost a great son who had a transforma­tional impact on media and business over many decades. But, the Honourable Oliver Frederick Clarke was best known for his influence on the media industry. He was a pioneer and a giant who expanded into a regional powerhouse, paved the way for and influenced the careers and success of many,” said Falconer in tribute. Continuing, she THE PRIVATE Sector Organisati­on of Jamaica (PSOJ) is profoundly saddened at the news of the passing of the Honourable Oliver F. Clarke, OJ, JP. Mr Clarke was a magnanimou­s private sector leader and a true Jamaican patriot. He was fearless, yet remained humble and affable, endearing many from all walks of life with his wit and sense of humour. He has been a powerful influence in the shaping of Jamaica’s modern history. His legacy will be inextricab­ly linked to his unrelentin­g pursuit of The Gleaner Clarke. “There are very few people in Jamaica whose aura and influence on public policy were as big as Oliver’s. His opinion was sought by many leaders as they navigated difficult periods. Jamaica has lost a great son, the media has lost an irreplacea­ble giant,” she said. Clarke succumbed to cancer. He was 75 years old. The Gleaner Unassuming ERICA VIRTUE Senior Gleaner Writer erica.virtue@gleanerjm.com Oliver: Always in nature OLIVER CLARKE was probably the prime influence that changed my life’s course and brought me to Jamaica. I can recall when I first came to the island in May 2003 to investigat­e a police fatal shooting of four people in Crawle, Clarendon, Oliver was a member of the Police Service Commission and played a crucial role in ensuring that my team of detectives from London was looked after and receiving the cooperatio­n and facilities needed during the enquiry. From our first meeting I learnt that although always unassuming in nature, he was extremely smart and incisive. In 2004, the Honourable Dr Peter Phillips, then minister of national security, and others decided to engage senior police officers from abroad to serve with the Jamaica Constabula­ry Force (JCF). It was Oliver Clarke who discreetly persuaded the private sector of Jamaica to give the project their financial support. My appointmen­t as deputy commission­er of police was the first appointmen­t, followed by the engagement of four assistant commission­ers, all of whom had served as senior police officers in the United Kingdom. I can recall the challenge I faced in trying to engage with my JCF colleagues and at the same time win the trust and confidence of SHIELDS, PLEASE SEE D6

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