Hundreds of mourners turned out at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Thursday, September 20, to pay final respects to late former government minister, Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas.
The official funeral was a celebration of a life well-lived and included musical tributes from Pam Hall, DiMario McDowell, and Professor Winston Davidson.
The congregation included Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who read the first lesson from Lamentations 3:21-26, and former Prime Ministers, P.J. Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, who both delivered tributes.
Mr. Patterson noted that Mr. Douglas, who served as Minister of Health; Public Service; and Environment and Housing, was a town planner by profession, who ensured that thousands of Jamaicans received proper housing during his tenure in politics.
“Easton’s skills in physical planning and urban development were formidable, resulting eventually in his appointment as Chief Town Planner,” Mr. Patterson said.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Mr. Douglas was one of her mentors who guided her on the path to becoming Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister.
“He made available to me his wealth of experience in public service,” she noted.
Mr. Douglas was Member of Parliament of South East St. Andrew from 1989 to 2002. He was also a Permanent Secretary and Government Town Planner. He was the Minister responsible for the National Land Policy in 1996, dealing with human settlement, rural and agricultural planning, and management of our water resources and our coastal zones.
The body of the late Easton Douglas was interred at the St. Dorothy’s Church grounds in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.
By Franklin McKnight