The Senate, on Friday, January 14, paid tribute to the late former Member of Parliament, Donald Buchanan, who died on January 10 after a battle with colon cancer.
In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson described Mr. Buchanan as a man of “solid, indisputable working class philosophy.”
“It is to his credit that when he became Minister of Labour his concern for the workers was so much a part of his being that it was he who started the modernisation of the Ministry. In fact, many trade unionists will state that it was after Mr. Buchanan became Minister of Labour that they felt comfortable, recognised and appreciated as advocates of the workers, to go into the building of the Ministry,” Senator Nelson said.
In his comments, Opposition Senator Basil Waite noted that Mr. Buchanan was a mentor, who helped to guide his personal and professional development.
“On every major decision I have taken, not just regarding my political career, but professional or personal since age 18, Donald Buchanan has been involved in it and I feel a deep sense of loss as I have lost a mentor and I have lost a friend,” Senator Waite said.
An official funeral for the former Cabinet Minister will be held on Friday, January 21 at the St. Peter Church in Pedro Plains, St. Elizabeth. Interment will be in the family plot in Little Park in the parish.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force will provide ceremonial duties for the official funeral, which starts with a viewing of the body at the church from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Members of the public are reminded that due to the limited seating capacity at St. Peter Church, access will be controlled.
Condolence books for Donald Buchanan have been opened at the People’s National Party (PNP) headquarters on Old Hope Road, and also at 1040 Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. The books will remain open until January 20.