Jamaica Gleaner / Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams has lauded late parliamentarian Marjorie Taylor as someone who dedicated her life to public service.
“She did so in an honourable way,” Williams said yesterday.
The People’s National Party (PNP) announced that Taylor died on Saturday after battling an undisclosed illness.
For several years, she served as special assistant to former Prime Minister Michael Manley and councillor for the Norman Gardens division of the then Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.
Upon Manley’s retirement in 1992, Taylor took over his East Kingston and Port Royal constituency and was later elected its member of parliament. She also served as state minister in the Ministry of Local Government and a senator.
After her retirement from politics, Taylor was appointed Jamaica’s first ambassador for children, which helped to establish the Office of the Children’s Advocate.
Williams also heaped praise on the late parliamentarian, saying she dedicated her life to serving others, taking on important national issues such as women’s and children’s rights.
“It is very difficult to find people today who are willing to dedicate their lives to public service, and so when one such person passes, it is regretful and it is something that we should mourn,” he said.
PNP President Dr Peter Phillips said Taylor remained loyal to her country and party to the end.
“Marjorie Taylor gave outstanding service to her community and party. She was passionate about the upliftment of the Jamaican people and, throughout her life, defended the rights of children,” Phillips said in a statement.