A MAN APART: The late Seymour Mullings (1931-2013)
The Jamaican political landscape has lost a true icon, with the sudden passing of PNP legend Seymour Mullings, a former Deputy Prime Minister (1993-2001) and Ambassador to Washington (2001-2004). Mr. Mullings passed away on Wednesday after ailing for an extended period. He was 82 years old.
In his heyday, Mullings who is survived by wife Lilieth and daughter Rose, represented South East St. Ann as Member of Prliament for nearly 28 years, having risen to political prominence by the dawn of the seventies.
"Foggy was a calming influence on all of his colleagues and adopted a level-headed approach to solving problems," recalls Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. "We shall miss a distinguished, frank and faithful colleague, friend and nation-builder whose unique personality and generosity of spirit will remain an inspiration to all of us who knew him. He was the true embodiment of service to people and an example to those who aspire to political excellence."
The Jamaica Labour Party's Audley Shaw concurs. "Mr. Mullings was a humble and unassuming man who was at all times approachable to to anyone regardless of political persuasion," Shaw says. "He was the last colourful politician who dedicated his entire life to the service of his fellow Jamaicans."
Meantime, among the honours to be posthumously bestowed on Mullings is the special renaming of a north-coast roadway as Seymour Mullings Boulevard, which extends from Mount Diablo (the border between St. Ann and St. Catherine, at the top of Mount Rosser Road), west through to Friendship between Colgate and Walkerswood.