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WEEPING SUPPORTERS

Supporters mourn sudden death of St Mary South Eastern MP

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Observer staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 21, 2017



THERE was wailing at the constituency office in St Mary South Eastern following the sudden death of two-term Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green last Monday.

Green died suddenly while on his way to hospital after collapsing at his St Andrew home, sending shock waves across the country. He was 58.

Supporters wrestled with their emotions as reports made the rounds that the Opposition MP had died just days after hosting an annual back-to-school dental clinic in the constituency. He was a trained dentist by profession, having studied in Cuba in the 1980s.

Rose Collington could not control her emotions as she wept openly at the constituency office.

“He's a loving person. I don't know if I can get anyone that love me like him again. Him help me all the time. When mi in financial problem, anything me ask him for him always try fi come up with it. Why, why, why? Why him have to go? Mi naah go get nobody else weh love mi suh. Doc just gone leave me suh? Him was everything to me; he's mi father, mi brother, mi MP, he's everything to mi,” the Enfield resident said.

“Mi heart heavy, mi cyah believe this, mi cyah manage,” she said, her head bopping from side to side.

Collington was not alone.

Green's assistant, Sherene Thawe, attempted a brave face, but it was not before long that she broke down in tears and was unable to speak.

“We really feel it because he was a good MP for the area. He did a lot of good; he helped kids to go back to school. Him do a lot of work in the community, a lot. For instance, a bridge weh did drop dung and people couldn't pass, him fix it. Him did a whole heap of projects all over Castleton, Belfield [and] Richmond. Is a very good MP and it sad fi know seh him gone. We were at Capleton show the other day jumping up and down together, so it hurt mi fi know that him gone,” Annotto Bay resident Andrew Dixon, who loitered outside of the constituency office, told the Jamaica Observer North & East.

Other community members chimed in, sharing that the Member of Parliament had personally helped them.

“He was a very good person and I really feel very, very sad right now. He will be missed. He was very active. Personally, he helped my daughter; she's a law student at UWI (The University of the West Indies) and he helped financially,” Enfield resident Juliet Williams mentioned.

Long Road resident Marcia Bryan described him as a “loyal person”. For her, his priority was the “needy” in the constituency.

“He was loving and kind and look out for the needy people. When the children going back to school he has always been there for them. He was an outspoken person; him tell you the truth and it done. May God make him soul rest in peace; may God have mercy on him. We naah go find no more like doctor again. God knows why,” the woman said.

Over in the Crooked River community, Mark Wilson was still trying to come to terms with the death of his MP.

“Right ya now mi deh ya a try think wah coulda cause that, but you know seh a life. Dr Green is a good man, enuh. Dr Green look out fi everybody and if him can help you him help you. Right now mi feel a way; it really tragic because him did have a whole heap of plans fi south east. Me personally know that and him dead now. In one section of the community during [Hurricane] Sandy a lot of people in Annotto Bay, especially on the beach front, lose dem houses and mi know seh Dr Green make sure seh over 50 people get back house.

“Is a good man to me. Mi see Enfield road in serious need of construction and him fix it. Him build bus stops fi di kids dem; him do whole heap of work that me can seh for my area. Him is a caring person and him very active. Him supportive of people and him try fi go everywhere. Him go dead yard and all funerals. More than anything else, mi a go miss that 'bout him,” Wilson told North & East.

Veronica Campbell, who sat quietly beside Wilson, shook her head in agreement.

“He was a good Member of Parliament in South East St Mary because he helped a lot of people — good and bad. You can't have anything bad to say about him; he's a good MP. The amount of plans he had for Crooked River people — he fixed houses, road, got us water, and he promised to fix the river bank,” Campbell added.

Richmond residents Isylda Browne and Marcia Young were not as convinced of Green's stewardship as others were.

“I cannot comment on his work as an MP because nothing has been done in Richmond. The place dead and him make promises for here and I still don't see it. Still, may his soul find rest,” Browne said.

Young noted that the Member of Parliament focused less “this side of town”.

“We need better roads and he was MP for two-terms and nothing nuh do same way. Mi sorry seh him dead; death is always sad but him never do much for here,” she said.

Castleton resident Winston Richards said the MP was “average” in terms of the work he did in the constituency.

“He was an okay man. There are a lot of things him set out to do weh him never get to do, but that don't mean him never try. Him did average. I naah go talk ill of the dead still. The problem we have here still is water, and him tell me dem was sorting it for this month end, but see him nuh live fi see it,” Richards said.

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