first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has been accorded an official funeral by the Government of Jamaica.Earlier this week, the Cabinet, in recognition of  Baugh’s significant contribution to the Government and people of Jamaica, approved official funeral arrangements for the former Cabinet Minister and Health Minister.The official funeral service will be held on September 19, at the University of the West Indies Mona Chapel.Dr. Baugh died on Sunday, September 1, at the age of 78.In addition to his roles in Government, he served as former Chairman and former General Secretary of the governing Jamaica Labour Party.The former Deputy Prime Minister was born in the western city of  Montego Bay on February 24, 1941.Baugh, who was a medical doctor and politician had a distinguished political career, in which he served as  Member of Parliament for the constituency of  North West St. James, as a Senator and then as Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine from 2007 until his retirement in 2016.Dr. Baugh has been described as a soft-spoken politician and commanded the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the divide.“His manner was always conciliatory and solution-oriented. He was an honest man, a sincere man; a decent man. His conduct gave him stature elevated above politics. He was a true statesman, we will miss his guidance and steady hand. He was a friend and someone who was willing to give of himself in service to Jamaica. He was indeed a true gentleman of Jamaican Politics,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness.last_img