ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- Seventeen-year-old John West, of Arumdel Road, Portsmouth in St Catherine was shot and killed and two other men injured in a shooting incident in the community Monday night.
The Waterford police reported that West who was a student of the Dunoon High School, and two men were walking along a roadw ...more »
The passing of Mayor George Lee will leave a vacuum in the Municipality of Portmore. Mayor Lee was the ultimate community man who was never afraid to say what should be done and has, over the years since I have known him, maintained that common touch.
He was the Mayor for all, regardless of the political persuasion, but what made him special to me was that he was always approachable and willing to listen to what you have to say, even if he didn't agree with what you were saying.
Mayor Lee was always someone I looked up to and he taught me by his very actions to accept criticism, because people will only criticise when you are not doing what you are to be doing as a leader.
I first met Mayor Lee during the community resistance to Highway 2000. During this time we had a lot of heated and passionate discussions, but through it all there was a high level of respect displayed to all community members. I remember at one meeting the community members refused to give a seat to Lee, and rather than going away he stood there until he had a chance to say what he had to say.
He never the left the community alone. No citizens Association group had to send a formal invitation for him to attend a meeting, you only had to see him and tell him and he would be there.
Mayor George Lee you were and still are the leader, father and mentor of the Portmore community. Walk good, George, and be satisfied that the work you have started will continue. Your vision for a great Portmore will be pursued by those of us who want the same.
Howard Hamilton, JP
Greater Portmore Joint Council
Member of Portmore Citizens Advisory Council
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