Avenue in Ochi Rios, Jamaica, to be renamed after Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart


The federal government of Jamaica has permitted the renaming of Principal Avenue within the fashionable city of Ocho Rios in honor of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the founding father of Sandals Resorts, who died in 2021.

The decision, which was learn by the chief govt officer of the St Ann Municipal Company, Jennifer Brown-Cunningham on the current month-to-month assembly of the company, mentioned:

“And whereas Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has been a major employer in Ocho Rios, and whereas Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has been, by means of his Sandals Basis, contributing vastly to the event and benevolence outfit program, be it resolved that the St Ann Municipal Company look to rename Principal Avenue, Ocho Rios in his honor posthumously. We additional resolve that this don’t intervene within the mailing deal with however fairly add his acknowledged identify as an addition on signposts and road identify, and we additional resolve that this recognition be forwarded to the Ministry of Native Authorities and Group Growth for approval,” she mentioned.

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The glory will function recognition for Stewart’s contribution to the parish of St. Ann and Jamaica as a complete.

Butch Stewart’s legacy

Butch Stewart was one of the vital profitable hoteliers and businessmen in Jamaica.

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He based Sandals Resorts, the main lodge chain within the Caribbean, Seashores Resorts, and their father or mother firm Sandals Resorts Worldwide, in addition to The ATL Group and The Jamaica Observer.

In 2012, Stewart based Sandals Company College, an grownup training program for Caribbean nationals employed by Sandals Resorts, Seashores Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Seashore Resorts, supplied in partnership with Canada-based Ryerson College, Western Hospitality Institute of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Basis for Life Lengthy Studying.

Stewart’s companies employed greater than 10,000 individuals within the Caribbean throughout varied industries together with hospitality, restaurant, automotive, retail, and media.

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Stewart acquired a number of accolades and awards together with Jamaica’s highest nationwide distinctions: Order of Jamaica, and Commander of the Order of Distinction. He additionally earned Lifetime Achievement Awards from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Journey Weekly and Globe Journey Awards.

Butch Stewart died on January 4, 2021, in the US after ailing for a while. He was 79 years previous.

His son Adam Stewart later succeeded his father as govt chairman of Sandals Resorts Worldwide. He assumed the position after working alongside his father for greater than twenty years, throughout which era he served as chief govt officer and deputy chairman.

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