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Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced today, May 28, 2019, that the former Prime Minister took his last breath surrounded by friends and family in the hospital in Miami, Florida where he was being treated. In an address from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister stated;
“It is with great sadness that I inform the nation of the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica. The family of Mr. Seaga has asked me to express gratitude on their behalf for the many prayers and messages of comfort and support offered by the people of Jamaica.”
What can one truly say about a pioneer, a leader, a husband, a father, a friend; a man that dedicated his entire life to the amelioration of his country? In the words of B. R. Ambedkar
“A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.”
The Most Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, P.C., LL.D., was just that, a servant of the Jamaican society.
Born on May 28, 1930 to Phillip George Seaga and Erna Seaga, Edward showed great promise from very early. As a teen, he attended the Wolmer’s Boys’ School and later Harvard University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences. Seaga begun his political career in 1959 and has never looked back since then. Nominated by the founding father of the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP), Sir Alexander Bustamante, to serve as part of the Upper House of the Jamaica Legislature in the Legislative Council, Mr. Seaga became the youngest member, at 29, of the Legislative Council.
He went on to become the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica and served a term of nine (9) years (1980-1989) and opposition leader from 1989 to 2006. In his many years, the former JLP leader has amounted a great number of accolades such as member of her Majesty’s Privy Council, Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and honourary degrees from several US universities.
The family here at Jamaican Medium would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of our fallen leader, a great Jamaican, Most Hon. Edward Seaga.