Grange mourns Easton Lee

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Kingston, 18 January 2021 - The Minister of Culture,Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said she is saddened by the passing of the Reverend Father Easton Lee.

The Reverend Father Lee, who was born in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny, died in Florida in the United States this morning at age 89.

Minister Grange said, “Easton had to be specially blessed to have been able to contribute in the many ways that he did as a poet, actor, orator, playwright, award-winning television and radio producer and theatre director. All of this as he worked mostly as a broadcaster, communications consultant, and minister of religion in the Anglican faith.

“We are the grateful beneficiaries of what he did and what he said, not the least through his poems grouped under the title, From Behind the Counter. So thrilling it was to learn from him that his poetry was inspired by tales he was told by his mother and what he heard from customers who came to his parents’ grocery shop and spoke of many things unaware their young son was under the shop counter listening to everything.

“Easton Lee’s contribution has guaranteed him his niche in the annals of culture and arts in the Jamaican nation.

“I express my sincere condolences to his family, friends and associates.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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