Saturday, 29 September 2018

MEN OF DISTINCTION: Colleagues hail departed stalwarts Errol Miller and Easton Douglas

THE MEASURE OF A MAN: A renowned veteran of the corporate world has left us with the passing of Errol Miller, the fiercely driven dynamo who was Chairman of the Flow Foundation when he drew his final breath at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) on Monday. Miller had been ailing for some time and was being treated at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. “This is a significant loss not just for our company and foundation but also for the many organizations that [Mr. Miller] selflessly served,” says Managing Director of Flow Jamaica, Stephen Price. “He was much more than a team member; he was our friend, confidante, advisor and more to many of us. This is a sad day for Jamaica, but we take solace and pride in the incredible legacy that he leaves behind.” Culture and sports minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says Miler was an estimable Jamaican who had no shortage of admirers. “He was someone I admired very much,” she says, paying tribute, “and someone who contributed a lot in his professional life and as a volunteer.” Miller is survived by widow Joslyn and son Stephen, also a Flow team member.

NATION BUILDER: When Easton Douglas once noted that, “He loves his country who strives to make it best,” he could have been talking about himself. According to fellow People’s National Party (PNP) comrades, Douglas, who was recently laid to rest following an official thanksgiving service at the St. Andrew Parish Church, was a devoted public servant. “He was always of the view that everything must be done to improve the living and working conditions of Jamaicans. He was not only a man of words; he was a man of action. I was proud to call him Comrade,” recalls former PNP Chairman, Robert Pickersgill. Current PNP Chairman, Fitz Jackson, also sings Douglas’ praises. “The Easton Douglas I met and knew was a consummate public servant who saw public service as the highest form in which to express and give the best in us,” Jackson says of the former South-East St. Andrew MP. “He saw Jamaica’s development and achievements as his personal achievements, regardless of who the various individuals are that have played a part in it. He will remain with us and continue to serve as an inspiration to us who knew him.”

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