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Basil Jarrett | Losing our heroes

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Basil Jarrett | Losing our heroes

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WELL, AFTER hoping and praying that 2022 would not be 2021 in disguise, it appears that we are in for another wild and unpredictable 365 days. Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases and 37 murders since January 1. and it is clear that COVID-19 and crime have already set their sights on making the title of Newsmaker of the Year a two-man race, for the third year running. One of the not-so-immediately visible tragedies of this pandemic is that it is robbing us of the ability to pay our deepest respects and honour to some of our most impactful nation-builders as they transition this life.

Last Tuesday, Jamaica, The University of the West Indies, and GraceKennedy and Jamaica College families said goodbye to one of our most talented, most vibrant and most patriotic sons with the passing of JamesJimmy’ Moss-Solomon. Four days later, another accomplished Jamaica College stalwart and former President of Life of Jamaica Michael Fraser transitioned. And as the public and private sectors and the JC old boys fraternity mourned the loss of these two giants, another larger-than-life figure, Reverend Canon Peter Mullings, left this earth. Three massive personalities in one week. But because of the COVID and crime alarm bells that have been sounding since the start of the year, these three men, like the other giants this country has lost since this pandemic started, may not get the fitting send-off they deserve, as social distancing and restrictions on public gatherings persist.

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DESERVES MORE At the time of this writing, physical attendance at any event hosted by public entities has a 50-person limit and is strictly by invitation only. Funerals are permitted with a maximum of 20 persons physically present, including mourners, clergy and support personnel. Of course, live-streaming does help to alleviate some of these restrictions, but certainly, the pain of not even being able to hug a relative to help assuage the hurt of their loss, is still something that Mark Zuckenberg’s technology has not yet addressed.

Which is a real shame, as these three important gentlemen and the accomplished lives they lived certainly deserve much more than whatever compromises we will have to make in showing our appreciation for their life.

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My earliest recollections of Jimmy centred around his role as chairman of the Jamaica College School Board way back when I was a boy at JC. ‘Stern’, ‘strict’ and ‘business-like’ are the words I would use to describe him. A former school captain and board chairman, Jimmy displayed an infectious commitment to the college, which helped to inspire and motivate us ‘Blue Shirts’ to come back to serve our alma mater one day. We knew that he was someone ‘important’, but really didn’t appreciate just how much of a giant he was, despite his diminutive stature. After joining GraceKennedy as a management trainee in 1971, he remained at the company for over 35 years, holding various posts such as executive chairman of Hi-Lo and Medi-Grace Limited, divisional director of international business, general manager of Grace Kennedy Merchandise, and divisional director, industrial retail and trading. He was appointed director of corporate affairs in June 1998 and would go on to become a founding director of the GraceKennedy Foundation and the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation. Later, he would serve as executive-in-residence to the Mona School of Business and Management at the UWI, and chairman of the University Hospital’s board of directors. What would surprise a lot of people, however, was Jimmy’s accomplishments as a sportsman, having represented Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games and the Central American and Caribbean Games in swimming and water polo.

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