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Local Government Minister Expresses Sadness at Death Of Deputy Mayor Of Morant Bay

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has expressed great sadness at the passing of the Deputy Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor Lenworth Rawle.

Mr. Rawle died in New York yesterday.

“This is a most unexpected event. He felt unwell and was taken to hospital and in the twinkling of an eye he was gone. The departure of Councillor Rawle is as shocking as it is sad. I know that this news is still being absorbed in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation, in his beloved Trinityville Division in Western St. Thomas and in the wider parish, where he was also very active as an entrepreneur.

“Councillor Rawle was dedicated to local government, and was serving his fourth term in the Trinityville Division, having first been elected in the Local Government elections of 2003, which the Jamaica Labour Party won after a hiatus of 17 years. He subsequently retained the confidence of the people of Trinityville in the elections of 2007, 2012 and 2016. He also commanded the respect of his colleagues in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation, having served as Deputy Mayor from 2007 to 2012, as Mayor from 2016 to 2018 and then as Deputy Mayor to the time of his untimely demise.

I pay tribute to the late Lenworth Rawle as a devoted servant of local government and of Jamaica. He will be sorely missed. I extend heartfelt condolences to his family, and I pray for God’s healing power to cover them in this time of intense pain and loss.”