Roger Clarke was a thoroughbred Jamaican — 'Butch' Stewart
THE Caribbean's leading hotelier, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, joined a long line of Jamaicans yesterday in paying tribute to the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, describing him as "a thoroughbred Jamaican".
"I am in shock," Stewart said after receiving news that Clarke had died of an apparent heart attack on his way home to Jamaica from the United States where he had underwent back surgery.
"Roger Clarke was larger than life. Amiable, mischievous, he never seemed to trouble anybody," said Stewart, whose Sandals hotel chain is one of Jamaica's largest supporters of agriculture.
"While I did not know him very well, our paths had crossed on many occasions over the years. Roger Clarke was a thoroughbred Jamaican. He meant everyone well and we are much better off for the time he served us in several different capacities. I wish his family in their time of mourning everything that's good," said Stewart.