Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Former St Andrew custos Carmen Stewart dies

Former custos of St Andrew, Reverend Carmen Stewart passed away on Sunday. She was 95 years old.

Stewart was the first female custos of St Andrew when she was appointed in 1992. She served in the capacity until 2010. In 1996 she became the first female deputy governor-general.

Stewart was the pastor of the Pentecostal Gospel Temple on Windward Road in Kingston, where she did duties for 44 years and also worked as the director of Health Education in the Ministry of Health.

Stewart, who was also an honorary tutor at the University of the West Indies honoured her late husband Wilbert, by starting a basic school on Mountain View Avenue, which she named after him.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips were among those who praised Stewart for her contribution to Jamaica.

Holness described Stewart as “an outstanding Jamaican who dedicated most of her life in service to the church and to communities.

“I extend condolences to her family and loved ones as well as to those whose lives she would have touched through her ministry and community service,” Holness said.

According to Phillips Stewart was a woman of many firsts, who broke glass ceilings while standing for unpopular but essential causes to nation-building.

Among the national honours that Stewart received was the Order of Jamaica, the Order of Distinction and the Prime Minister’s Medal.

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