January 2011 Volume 8

In Memoriam

Staff reporter KC Times
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Leake, Oswald Anthony (Ossie)
Richard McGee
Weeville Gordon

Keith Cecil Malcolm Glegg

Leake, Oswald Anthony (Ossie)
October 25, 1939- November 19, 2010

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and the Office of the Prime Minister went to the Lord on Friday November 19, leaving wife, Dr. Bridge-Leake (Cheri), sons: Dr. Pierre-Anthony Leake and Kevin Leake; sisters: Major Kathleen Townsend (Rubes) and Mrs. Hermine Boddie (Herms); mother-in-law Mrs. Curdell Bridge; brother-in-law  Cyril Bridge, sisters-in-law: Dr. Hazel Salmon, Ms. Elaine Bridge, Dr. Nsombi Jaja and Dr. Donna Bridge along with many more relatives and friends.

The Minister of Tourism the Hon Ed Bartlett joined the many colleagues, friends, family members and loved ones in expressing regret at the passing of Mr. Oswald Leake, a distinguished civil servant and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism. Mr. Leake passed away on Friday, November 19, after a brief bout with leukemia.

 Minister Bartlett, in extending condolences on behalf of the Ministry to the family and friends of the late eminent civil servant, expressed that: “Mr. Leake was one of the most outstanding public servants and Permanent Secretaries to have served JAMAICA. His contribution to the development of tourism is well known and highly regarded. Indeed, he played a pivotal role in guiding the Industry during some very difficult periods and, his quiet efficiency, which was the hallmark of his professional imprint on the indutrsy, will remain as a lasting tribute to his stewardship at the Ministry.

Mr. Leake worked with the Tourism Ministry from 1978 up to 1996, when he retired from the government service. He was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry in 1989 and served in that capacity up to the time of his retirement. He began his distinguished career in the government service in 1958 as an executive assistant in the then Collector General's Department.  He then moved to the former Income Tax Department in 1970. Mr. Leake was then transferred to the Prices Commission in 1971, where he
served for approximately seven years.

7/28/1962 Richard McGee 12/22/2010

Viewing & Home Going
Place: Crowe’s Funeral Home
Date: January 7 2011
Time:   Viewing 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Service 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Address: 107-44 Sutphin blvd Jamaica NY 11435 “corner Lakewood Av & Sutphin”
Phone: (718) 558-0921

Private family Cremation service Saturday 1/8/2011

Place: New Life Center
Address: 112-50 Springfield blvd Queens NY 11429 Village “ 1 block from Murdock Av”
Time & Date: Friday January 7 2011 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Refreshments will be served

Weeville Gordon Dies at 85

He Taught Bible knowledge at KC during the 1960’s and 1970’s

Reprinted from the Gleaner

Nadisha Hunter, Gleaner Writer
Family and friends of the late Reverend Canon Weeville Gordon, who served for nearly two decades as custos for Kingston, are struggling to cope with his passing on Saturday night.

Gordon, 85, had been hospitalized for some time with an undisclosed illness.

The former custos, who was replaced by Steadman Fuller earlier this year, made the transition at his home about 9:45 p.m.
His daughter, Angella Gordon-Steer, told The Gleaner that he would be missed for the kindness and love he showed to persons around him.

"He was warm, caring and supportive, which wasn't limited to family but to everyone in all walks of life," Gordon-Steer said.
"I miss his laughter; he was always telling jokes and he loved when persons were happy."

Prime Minister Bruce Golding also expressed regret at Gordon's death, noting his long and distinguished career of service to Kingston.

"Our former custos served with distinction and was respected for his dedication to community. He was especially beloved in Allman Town, where he served as a pastor for several decades, but he also became a familiar leader throughout all of Jamaica," Golding said.

"When called upon, he acted as deputy governor general for two governors general under whom he served. We are happy that he was able to enjoy his brief retirement after half a century of public service to this country. I will miss him for his calm spirit and dignified strength," he added.

He served as the custos of Kingston for 18 years - from 1991 until his retirement from the post last year. In 2003, he retired as pastor of St Matthew's in the inner- city community of Allman Town - where a street was also renamed in his honour five years ago in 2005 - after serving there for 40 years.

Gordon was recognised by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen last year for 49 years of service as a justice of the peace. He also served on several committees, including the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption within the Ministry of Justice.

The former custos is survived by three children, Peter John, Flavia Gordon-Gunter and Angella, as well as wife Ellonia.

Keith Cecil Malcolm Glegg

In loving memory of Keith Cecil Malcolm Glegg, who passed away peacefully on Friday, November 26, 2010 at his home in L'Orignal, Ontario, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his devoted wife Paula Dutz and his beloved children Robert (Nina Strait) Glegg, Carol (Stuart Price) Glegg, and Louise Glegg. He was a proud and doting grandfather to Olivia and Jacqueline. Keith was born on January 7,1926 in Kingston, Jamaica and graduated from McGill University with degrees in Engineering and in Physics. He was recently honoured for his lifetime achievements by his high school (Kingston College in Kingston, Jamaica) in a ceremony held by the Toronto Chapter of their alumnae association. Throughout his very successful career he contributed to some of Canada's key innovations of his day: as Chief Engineer and then as Vice President of Canadian Marconi, he helped design and commercialize the use of state¬ of ¬the¬ art aircraft and helicopter Doppler navigation systems worldwide which earned him the McCurdy Award in 1963. Later, while Vice President of Canada's National Research Council, he established the renowned Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

It was very important to Keith that the communities he lived in be enriched by his presence. This value inspired his volunteer participation on the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa and several colleges, and his involvement in promoting literacy and economic development in Eastern Ontario, as well as working on a range of local municipal projects.

However, Keith's most cherished accomplishments were his personal ones – as a published writer, a talented pianist, an avid gardener, and a devoted family man. He shared his passion for sailing with his family, who will deeply miss him at the helm, guiding them with his wisdom and love. His many friends who enjoyed his spirit, loyalty and wonderful sense of humour will surely feel the void his passing leaves.


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