Sunday 31 May, 2020

PHOTOS: Those Jamaicans we lost in 2018

From journalist Janice Budd to former National Security Minister, Dwight Nelson, here are some of the notable Jamaicans we lost in 2018. RIP to these luminaries and other Jamaicans we left behind this year. They will always live within our hearts.


Patrick Anderson

The former president of the Jamaica Football Federation and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association died on April 10. He was 84 years old.


Coleridge Barnett

Eric Coleridge Barnett, former long-serving principal of the Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston, died in July. 


Lesburn “Les “Brown (front row, second right)

Boys' Town stalwart Lesburn “Les” Brown, the brother of former national football coach Carl Brown, passed away on November 3. He was 70 years old.


Janice Budd

Media personality and journalist Janice Budd died on January 2 after a battle with cancer.


Joan Cargill

Former Jamaica youth netball coach Joan Cargill died August 2018 in Baltimore.


Niko Chromatic

The selector, whose real name is Nicholas Grant, died after a lengthy three year battle with kidney disease.


Winston Chung Fah

Former national football coach and technical director Winston Chung-Fah died in November in a Florida hospital after ailing for sometime. He was 78.


Suzanne Couch

Popular jazz singer and caterer Suzanne Couch passed away July 2018 in Mexico after a battle with breast cancer.


Bone Crusher   

Popular dancehall personality and street dancer, ‘Bone Crusher’, died October 14 after an extended bout of illness.


Easton Douglas

Former Cabinet minister and vice president of the People's National Party (PNP), Easton Douglas, died in August after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.


Ben Francis

Former headmaster of Vere Technical, Ben Francis passed away on Friday, October 19 at age 94. The rural-area under-19 schoolboy knockout tournament is named after Francis. 


Bunny Grant

Former Jamaican boxer George ‘Bunny’ Grant passed away on November 1. He was 78. Grant was a former Commonwealth lightweight champion.


Dittie Guise

Dittie Guise, the general manager of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, died in March.


Joseph Hoo Kim

Joseph “JoJo” Hoo Kim, founder of Channel One recording studio, succumbed in September to liver cancer. He was 75.


Noel Hylton

Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Noel Hylton died in February.


Irwin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett

Former Third World musician Irwin "Carrot" Jarrett passed away suddenly in July.


William McConnell

Business titan William “Billy” McConnell, the former managing director at Lascelles deMercado & Company and Wray & Nephew Group, died in September after a battle with cancer.


Errol 'EK' Miller

Executive Chairman of Flow Foundation, Errol Keith Miller died in September.


Alex Matuschka

Yes, he wasn't Jamaican in the regular sense of the word, but you could hardly tell when he was on the 'Rock'.   Digicel Group CEO, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau, died suddenly on December 27th while on holiday with his family in his native Germany.


Claudette McLeish

Long serving ATL Group senior financial controller Claudette McLeish passed away in July after battling cancer.


Count Prince Miller

Jamaican music pioneer and actor, Count Prince Miller, died in August. The 85-year-old Miller, who had been ailing for some time, died in hospital in the United Kingdom.


Brandon Murray

Popular Clarendon businessman and football academy operator, John Brandon Murray was shot dead by gunmen in June at the Mayfair hotel in St Andrew.


Dwight Nelson

Former National Security Minister and retired trade unionist, Dwight Nelson died on Christmas Eve. He was 72.


Owen Palmer

Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Homestead Division and minority leader in the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, Owen Palmer died in a motor vehicle accident in March.


Gene Pearson

Jamaican ceramic artist and sculptor Gene Pearson died in March at the Kingston Public Hospital after reportedly suffering a heart attack.


Frank Pringle

Former Minister of Tourism, Frank Pringle died December 10 at the age of 88.


Ivy Ralph

Iconic fashion designer and mother of Jamaican-American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph passed away in October at age 90.

Cora Ricketts

Netball Jamaica second vice-president, Cora Ricketts passed away in July.


Dionne Rose-Henley

Olympian Dionne Rose Henley died Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer at age 49.


Elva Ruddock

Popular comedian and media personality, Elva Ruddock passed away in October after battling lupus for several years.


Larry Silvera

Veteran musician Larry Silvera died in June due to complications from a stroke. He was 69.


Wesley Tingling

Founder, lead singer and chief songwriter of The Viceroys died September 18 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He was 75.



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