The Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, a former Prime Minister of Jamaica, died in Miami on his 89th birthday, where he was undergoing medical treatment.
As Prime Minister, Seaga served from 1980-1989. He was the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005, and at age 29 he was the youngest appointee to the Legislative Council.
The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, during his term as Prime Minister of Jamaica, put out the request to assist community-based pre-schools (called basic schools) in Jamaica. It was this request that led to the founding of PACE Canada in 1987.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in confirming the death, said he passed away approximately 1 p.m. Jamaica time on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
“It is with great sadness that I inform the nation of the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica,” Holness said. “The family of Mr. Seaga has asked me to express gratitude on their behalf for the many prayers and messages of comfort and support offered by the people of Jamaica. The necessary arrangements are in place for Mr. Seaga’s body to be flown back to Jamaica at the earliest possible time.”
A Book of Condolence has been opened at the Consulate General of Jamaica, 303 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto. This may be signed Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. up until the date of the funeral, which is to be announced.
May he rest in peace
Under the Auspices of
H.E. Janice Miller, High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada