Jamaican enterprise mogul R Danny Williams has died

R. Danny Williams, a distinguished Jamaican businessman, former authorities minister, and philanthropist, has died.

The enterprise mogul died at a hospital in Miami, Florida, on Sept. 16 on the age of 89.

Williams was the founding father of the first-ever Jamaican-owned insurance coverage firm, Lifetime of Jamaica, now often known as Sagicor — one of many Caribbean’s main monetary establishments, in 1970.

In a press release, the corporate stated: “All through his distinguished 63-year profession, the Hon. R. Danny Williams performed an instrumental position in shaping the Jamaican Life Insurance coverage Trade, in addition to the success and progress of Sagicor Group Jamaica. … The profound influence of our beloved Danny will proceed to form the long run and path of Sagicor. His departure has left a void in our hearts at Sagicor and certainly your entire Jamaican enterprise group. We be part of with all of Jamaica in providing our honest condolences to his spouse, Shirley, of 69 years, and the remainder of his prolonged household. Might he Relaxation in Peace.”

Sagicor’s present President and CEO Christopher Zacca acknowledged that “He was deeply cherished, revered, and admired by colleagues, staff, and trade friends alike for his integrity and compassion. We replicate on his immense contribution to Jamaica and the great legacy he leaves behind.”

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Williams served the federal government of Jamaica in a number of capacities: He additionally served the federal government of Jamaica for 3 years (from 1977 to 1979) as a Senator, Minister of State, and Minister of Trade and Commerce, respectively throughout the Michael Manley-led administration.

In 1972, Williams was awarded the Nationwide Honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) and in 1993 was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for voluntary service to his group.

Proud JC Alum

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From left: Wayne Robinson, principal of Jamaica Faculty; Michael Bernard, chairman, Peak Bottling Firm; R. Danny Williams; Craig Hendrickson, director of gross sales and advertising at Nationwide Baking Firm; and Lance Hylton, JC Basis vice chairman, reveal the plaque on the newly title R Danny Williams Constructing.

He was additionally a number one philanthropist, contributing to varied causes and establishments over time, most notably to his alma mater Jamaica Faculty.

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All through his profession, Williams was stated to have raised over a billion Jamaican {dollars} for the varsity. He additionally established the Jamaica Faculty Basis R. Danny Williams Scholarship Endowment and donated all proceeds (over JMD $22 million) from his 2019 biography I Tried to Make a Distinction to the fund.

In 2022, Jamaica Faculty and the JC Basis named a constructing on the campus in his honor.

Tributes from authorities ministers

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, who served in Cupboard with Williams throughout the Nineteen Seventies, paid tribute to Williams, saying he had “misplaced a valuable good friend.”

“Jamaica is now the poorer for the dying of Hon R. Danny Williams. He ranks throughout the highest echelons of dedicated leaders who’ve contributed past measure to the expansion and esteem of our island. He was a towering large within the fields of enterprise, training, establishment constructing, and deserving charitable causes.

“I’ve misplaced a valuable good friend and a useful political colleague.

“No phrases are enough to thank Shirley, his lifelong companion, for sharing him so generously with your entire nation and taking such excellent care of him. To her and the household, by blood and prolonged, we specific our profound sympathy. All Jamaica is bereaved.”

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness additionally stated he was deeply saddened by the dying of R Danny Williams.

“Might his life and legacy proceed to encourage us as we recall with gratitude his service to public life and throughout the non-public sector, which has positively impacted the Jamaican panorama,” Mr Holness stated through the social media platform X, previously Twitter.

A tribute additionally got here from Opposition Chief Mark Golding, who described Williams as “a real Jamaican patriot.”

“Danny’s legendary prowess in elevating funds for worthy causes is unmatched in fashionable Jamaica, and several other essential establishments have benefited from these efforts. Jamaica has misplaced a terrific son of the soil,” he stated.

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