GG, St John pay tribute to Victor Rhone

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who is also President of St John Ambulance Jamaica, has expressed deep regret at the death of former Board Chairman and Commander of St John Jamaica Victor Rhone.


"Lady Allen and I and the King’s House staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Rhone, who made his peaceful transition late yesterday evening," Governor General Sir Patrick stated in a news release Friday.


Rhone, a Kingston College Old Boy who also participated regularly in the school’s improvement initiatives, died Thursday evening after a short period of illness.


In tribute to Rhone, the Governor General concurred with other members of St John Ambulance Jamaica, who said: "He will be especially remembered for his signature voluntary service with St John and for helping to shape the transformation of the organisation to a more viable one."


It was only two Sundays ago that Rhone shared pleasantries with the Governor General at the St John 116th Anniversary Service at St Luke’s Church in Cross Road, St Andrew.


In recent years Rhone’s focus has been that of leading the recognition committee for St John Jamaica, and recommending outstanding volunteers and members deserving of recognition for consideration by the National Chancery as well as by the Order’s Chancery in the UK for promotion within the Order of St John.


Sir Patrick was bestowed the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (KStJ) in 2012.


Rhone had a long and illustrious career in various fields, such as the financial and agricultural processing sectors. He also served as president of the Rotary Club of New Kingston and was instrumental in having that club donate an ambulance to St John.


During the years of active service with St John, Rhone worked tirelessly to fulfil the association’s mission: To alleviate pain, injury, suffering and death.


As chairman of the St John National Council of Jamaica, his vision for the organisation was far-reaching, which led him to approach one of the island’s top leaders, Earl Jarrett, to be his successor.


Last year, Rhone was recognised by the Government of Jamaica and awarded the Order of Distinction for his sterling contribution to the nation, especially for his signature voluntary service with St John and for helping to shape the transformation of the organisation towards sustainability.


He will be specially remembered for his quiet, calming demeanour; prayerful, thoughtful, discerning and wise spirit; visionary leadership; faithful, effective and outstanding service to St John, the Rotary Club, the banking sector, his church community, and the nation.

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