Saturday 26 September, 2020

WATCH: Private thanksgiving service held for the late Shahine Robinson

Family members held a private funeral service for the late Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, at St Matthew's Church in Claremont, St Ann on Friday.

It is understood that specially invited guests attended the service which was dubbed the 'Mass of the Resurrection for Shahine Elizabeth Robinson'.

A short video that was posted on social media of an aspect of the proceedings at the private funeral service, is carried below.

Robinson’s body has been cremated.

It is further understood that a date for an official funeral is to be announced soon, once the Government eases its COVID-19-related restrictions on events involving mass gatherings, such as funerals.

Robinson, 66, who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for North East St Ann, died on May 29 after a battle with cancer.

The Government declared a week of mourning for the veteran politician in June, and three public viewings of her closed casket were held, with two such viewings being held in the St Ann towns of St Ann's Bay and Ocho Rios.

The third and final day for public viewing of Robinson's closed casket saw her Cabinet colleagues, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and other senior members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) turning out in droves at the party's Belmont Road, St Andrew headquarters, to pay their respects to the late politician.

Robinson represented the constituency of North East St Ann for 19 years until her death.

Born Shahine Elizabeth Fakhourie in Claremont, St Ann, she attended Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew. She later went to the United States, where she studied marketing and public relations at Miami Dade College.

Before her successful foray into representational politics, Robinson worked in the banking and tourism fields.

She came to national prominence in 2001 when she snatched the North East St Ann seat for the JLP following the resignation of the People's National Party’s (PNP) then MP for the constituency, Danny Melville, from Parliament. Since that time, Robinson has not lost the seat.

She previously served as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister; and Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for the Ministry of Transport and Works (2011).

Robinson was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Security in March 2016, following the JLP winning the general elections that were held a month before.

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