Peter Kerr-Jarrett laid to rest
THERE was a large gathering for the memorial service of philanthropist, lawyer and land developer, Peter Francis Kerr-Jarrett at the St James Parish Church in Montego Bay Thursday afternoon.
Kerr-Jarrett died at his home on March 27 at the age of 84.
Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke, who spoke at the service, had high praises for the late Kerr-Jarrett who has been credited with making a major contribution to the development of the western city.
“We thank God for this nation builder, this man of honesty, this man of integrity, this man of unselfishness, this man of love,” Sir Howard said, adding that Kerr-Jarrett was an intellectual and spiritual giant.
Custos of the parish, Clarence Nelson, also lauded Kerr-Jarrett for his contribution to the second city.
“Many organisations in Montego Bay have been the beneficiary of his generosity in gifts of land and cash, and the social fabric of the community has been greatly strengthened by these deeds,” Custos Nelson said.
“Although a member of the legal fraternity he was not a man of many words but had a heart of great compassion.”
In the meantime, his daughter, Judith, who lives in Australia, and who was unable to attend the service, sent word of her love for her father.
“We all loved dad greatly,” she said.
She added that her father was a man who never forgot the Lord and that the greatest gift he had given her was “the reliance on and love for our Father Jesus Christ”.