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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