The passing of Lady Gladys Bustamante has taken from us the most enduring icon of Jamaica’s political struggles. She was the widow of our great National Hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante, but she was a heroine in her own right, having been in the front line of the fight to secure and defend the rights of the worker in the 1930s.
She remained engaged throughout her active life and even up to her death she was a Trustee of the Jamaica Labour Party and an honourary Treasurer of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU).
Jamaicans reserved a special place in their hearts for “Lady B” and she enjoyed the love and adoration of Jamaicans from all walks of life and all political persuasions.
We are deeply saddened by her passing but we are an immensely richer country and people for the life she lived and the completeness with which that life was dedicated to the people of Jamaica.
An announcement will be made shortly of the arrangements being planned for the nation she served so well to bid her its final farewell.