The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the passing of political historian and analyst, Troy Caine.
The 71-year-old newspaper columnist and radio political commentator died Thursday after ailing for some time. He was a member of the Board of Management of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) at the time of his passing.
In her tribute, Minister Grange reflected on what she described as Mr Caine’s “invaluable contribution to the National Library” where he also served as member of the Finance and Poet Laureate committees.
“Our work, not only at the National Library but right across the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport benefited tremendously from Troy’s analytical mind and his sense of, and understanding of history.
“Troy was an authority on history, particularly our political history. We relied on him for accurate information on political engagement and he never disappointed. I marvelled at his ability to recall facts and figures and to provide context at a moment’s notice. He also made significant contributions in the areas of culture, literature and journalism.
“Jamaica loses an outstanding son with the passing of Troy Caine,” Grange said while extending sincerest condolences to his family with the hope that they will find comfort in knowing that he served his country well through his many contributions.
Meanwhile, tributes have also been pouring in on social media following Caine’s death.
The National Library posted the following on Twitter:
The Board of Management and Staff of the NLJ acknowledge the passing of Political Historian/Analyst, Troy Caine. O.D. He made valuable contributions as a Board Member of the NLJ. He was known as an authority on J’can political affairs and general history.
Also posting on Twitter, Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Riral, Juliet Cuthbert- Flynn said:
“I am saddened to hear of the death of political historian Troy Caine. My deepest condolences to his family. Mr Caine gave me a proper history lesson on West Rural once I was named the candidate and I will be forever grateful. May you RIP.”
Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Naomi Francis said:
“My heartfelt condolences to the family of Troy Caine. Troy was such a walking encyclopaedia…always willing to share his knowledge and so humble in his ways. I’m truly saddened to hear he is gone #RiPTroyCaine.”
Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams, added:
“Respected by all, loved by so many and a teacher and reference for some of the best. RIP to Troy Caine and condolences to the bereaved family. #RipTroyCaine.”
By: Claude Mills