News

'Honest and direct' Ruby Walcott gets fitting send-off

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!


RETIRED judge in the Resident Magistrate's Court Ruby Walcott was hailed as a true daughter of Jamaica who gave valuable service to her country and her people during a thanksgiving service for her life at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday.

Walcott died on July 29 after a battle with illness.

Judge Patrick Robinson, who gave the remembrance, described Walcott as his friend and colleague.

"Ruby was a very honest and direct person," Robinson said.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was also full of praise for the late member of the Jamaica Labour Party.

"Ruby was a no-nonsense person, she was tenacious. Ruby was not one to be pushed around and not push back," Holness said.

Ruby Cecelia Walcott rose through the ranks of the legal system after starting out as an attorney, then a clerk of the court before graduating to a crown counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and finally becoming a judge in the Resident Magistrate's Court.

She served in the legal fraternity for 40 years before entering politics where she contested the St Catherine North Central seat where she unsuccessfully challenged KD Knight.

Walcott was also a member of the JLP's legal advisory team and served as the chairperson of the Adoption Board and the fund-raising committee of the Jamaica Foundation for Children.

— Karyl Walker

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Is it OK for the NHT to venture into businesses other than housing?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT