Sunday 24 May, 2020

CCRP hails late media mogul Oliver Clarke

Oliver Clarke

Oliver Clarke

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed sadness at the passing of media mogul, Oliver F Clarke, who the organisation hailed as a great Jamaican visionary and leader.

The long-time Chairman and Managing Director of the Gleaner Company passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

In a press release, the CCRP said Clarke holds a special place in the organisation as, at an introductory event for its seniors organisation, he was the first person to apply for membership.

"We knew that he had no need of the benefits being offered, yet he wanted to give us that all-important vote of confidence to move forward," the CCRP stated.

In 2012, Clarke was recognised by CCRP as a Jamaica 50 Living Legacy Honouree. His citation lauded him as “a distinguished entrepreneur, media leader and humanitarian with a passion for sustainable development,” the organisation said.

The CCRP noted that Clarke was an unrelenting supporter of press freedom, and served as President of the Inter-American Press Union and the Commonwealth Press Union. He was a conceptualiser of the PALS Programme (Peace and Love in Schools) which was run out of the Gleaner’s offices, the CCRP said.

According to the organisation, Clarke’s sense of humour endeared him to others of all walks of life. 

"They included the scores of students whom her mentored and who recall the full attention he gave in his sessions. They felt affirmed by seeing their framed photographs on his office walls and the carefully kept files where he tracked their progress, like a loving father," said the CCRP.

The CCRP added that Clarke’s dedication to the preservation of the Gleaner newspaper, one of the oldest in the world, his keen succession planning and his timely stride into the digital age, ensured its continued enrichment of our national conversation.

"His confidence in his managers at the Gleaner and at the Jamaica National Group saw them ascending to the heights of their careers," said the CCRP

"From the start of Member 001, Hon Oliver Clarke, CCRP has grown to over 10,000 in membership, so we give thanks to this inspiring patriot for his respect of initiatives, large and small, and for courageously living, in the words of our motto, “Life to the Fullest”," added the organisation.

The CCRP also extended its deepest sympathy to Clarke’s beloved wife and daughter, Monica and Alex, and other members of his family.

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