Mrs Myrtle Fay White
affectionately known to all as Fay was born on Sunday, June 22, 1952, in the district of Coultart Grove just outside of Claremont in the parish of St Ann. She was the third child of Mr. Steadman and Mrs. Ruby White.
She attended school at the Claremont All Age School from which she graduated at age 15. At Age 18 years she left home and journeyed to Kingston to take up a job and to pursue her future. Two years later she met Roland White through a girlfriend whose boyfriend was a friend of Roland. That meeting led to a lifelong relationship that was consummated in marriage on November 17th, 1979. On that day Miss White became Mrs. White, you see Myrtle May White was White squared: White by birth multiplied by marriage. Continue reading
Reverent Fathers and Mothers, Brothers and Sisters all, you have heard the eloquent and erudite tributes that have been paid to Mrs. Darlington providing rich details of her life and anecdotes of her many and varied relations. I will only repeat those details that are absolutely necessary to put our beloved colleague and sister in Christ in the context of her time and space. Please note that I do not know who would be giving the Tributes or what they will say. Any overlap, therefore, is not a result of my hearing what is said, since this eulogy is written, but is due to Norma Darlington and the consistencies of her life. Continue reading
Vivette Elverine Miller, nee Johnson,
was the fourth child and second daughter of David and Agatha Johnson of Bensonton, St Ann. David Johnson was a farmer, a preacher and a politician while Agatha devoted her time to the raising of their nine children: three boys and six girls. Full disclosure requires me to say that David Johnson was, for some time, the PNP Councillor for the Bensonton Division in St Ann. Accuracy demands that we take note of the fact that Vivette was brought up in a salt of the earth St Ann family where belief in God, hard work and devotion to family were the preeminent values. Continue reading
The Hon. Aston Wesley Powell is without a doubt one of the great Jamaican and Caribbean educators of the twentieth century. His passing marks the end of the era of great entrepreneurs in education. His genius in establishing Excelsior High School, his pioneering efforts in the establishment of Community Colleges in Jamaica through the founding of EXED, his outstanding leadership in the unification of the teaching profession in the creation of the Jamaica Teachers Association, and his community service especially through the YMCA and Rotary Club all stand as monuments of his contribution to the lives of people and the growth of the Jamaican nation in this century. Continue reading
Mrs. Fay Saunders was a colossus in education. Much will be said and written about her brilliance as a teacher of Mathematics; her perspicacity as the Secretary of the Association of Assistant Masters and Assistant Mistresses; her effective management as the Principal of the St Andrews High School for Girls; her bold leadership as President and astuteness as Secretary General of the Jamaica Teachers Association; her vital inputs in the reform of the education system in the 1970s as Parliamentary Secretary; and her visionary contribution to the establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council. Continue reading