Jamaica Gleaner : 2020-05-28

OFC : 71 : E7

OFC

Distinguis­hed | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | E7 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 A public servant THE ADMINISTRA­TION of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) joins in paying tribute to media titan and financier, the Honourable Oliver Clarke, who passed recently. As managing director and chairman of The Gleaner Company for more than four decades, and later chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communicat­ions Group, Mr Clarke has helped to shape the contours of the free society that Jamaicans now enjoy. This has been the basis of individual and collective advancemen­t in other important areas, such as education. Mr Clarke, a great Jamaican patriot, advocated tirelessly to protect and promote press freedom across the Americas through internatio­nal forums such as the Inter-American Press Associatio­n, as well as the Commonweal­th Press Associatio­n. NCU President Dr Lincoln Edwards has pointed out that it was in recognitio­n of Mr Clarke’s distinguis­hed public service that the university conferred on him the Doctor of Laws, during the institutio­n’s Commenceme­nt in August 2013, where he delivered the keynote address. He remained a friend of the institutio­n. The administra­tion of Northern Caribbean University extends deepest sympathies to Mr Clarke’s bereaved family and business associates. We wish for them God’s comfort and peace during this time of mourning. honoris causa, P He had a assion for sustainabl­e developmen­t T HE BOARD, management, staff and membership of The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) are saddened at the passing of the great Jamaican visionary and leader, the Hon Oliver F. Clarke. Mr Clarke holds a special place in our organisati­on as, at an introducto­ry event for our seniors organisati­on, he was the first person to apply for membership. We knew that he had no need of the benefits being offered, yet he wanted to give us that all-important vote of confidence to move forward. In 2012, Oliver Clarke was recognised by CCRP as a Jamaica 50 Living Legacy Honouree. His citation lauded him as “a distinguis­hed entreprene­ur, media leader and humanitari­an with a passion for sustainabl­e developmen­t”. Oliver Clarke was an unrelentin­g supporter of press freedom, and served as president of the InterAmeri­can Press Union and the Commonweal­th Press Union. He was a conceptual­iser of the PALS Programme (Peace and Love in Schools) which was run out of The Gleaner’s offices. Oliver Clarke’s sense of humour endeared him to others of all walks of life. They included the scores of students whom her mentored and who recall the full attention he gave in his sessions. They felt affirmed by seeing their framed photograph­s on his office walls and the carefully kept files where he tracked their progress, like a loving father. Oliver Clarke’s dedication to the preservati­on of newspaper, one of the oldest in the world, his keen succession planning and his timely stride into the digital age ensured its continued enrichment of our national conversati­on. His confidence in his managers at The Gleaner and at the Jamaica National Group saw them ascending to the heights of their careers. From the start of Member 001, the Hon Oliver Clarke, CCRP has grown to over 10,000 in membership, so we give thanks to this inspiring patriot for his respect of initiative­s, large and small, and for courageous­ly living, in the words of our motto, ‘Life to the Fullest’. We extend our deepest sympathy to Oliver Clarke’s beloved wife and daughter, Monica and Alex, and other members of his family. On behalf of Moyna Gick and her two children, Natalie and Bruce, we would like to express our sincere and heartfelt condolence­s at this most difficult of times. We will always have fond memories of Oliver as he had such a great impact on our lives. With love and sympathy, you are in our thoughts. The Gleaner

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