FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RJRGLEANER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP ON THE DEATH OF HON. OLIVER F. CLARKE
For Immediate Release
Kingston. Jamaica. May 17, 2020. I am deeply saddened at the passing of former Chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, Hon. Oliver Clarke OJ, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Always a fighter, Oliver gave this last battle his best effort and is now resting after a long, distinguished, and accomplished life of service.
I served with Oliver on the Board of the Gleaner Company (now 1834 Investments Limited) for 34 years, and on the Board of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited and the Board of Radio Jamaica Limited, the parent company of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, up to the time of his passing.
He was a great friend and mentor to me personally, and to countless others with whom he interacted over his long and illustrious career. There is no sharper mind, no more focused leader that you could find. You could neither find a tougher businessman, but equally, you would also never find a more generous and compassionate soul.
Renowned for his ever-present sense of humor, he had a unique ability to speak truth to power in a manner that was always firm and yet respectful.
His commitment to Jamaica is unquestioned and exemplary. He was relentless in his pursuit of what was best for the nation and always remained strongly of the view that the Gleaner, and then the RJRGLEANER Group, have a
responsibility to the country to always be fearless in support of what is best for
It has been just over a year since I had the awesome task of succeeding Oliver as Chairman of the Group. It will be my duty to keep this institution strong in the lasting memory of Hon. Oliver F. Clarke and the rich legacy that he has left to all of us.
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