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He believed in prosperity

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:14 AM

George Ruddock, editor for the Weekly Gleaner, said: ?Oliver Clarke was always clear in his beliefs that there was an important role for the black press in the UK.

?He gave his full support for the Weekly Gleaner newspaper to thrive, being the main link for Jamaicans overseas and home for over 60 years. When The Voice was facing financial difficulties back in early 2004, he stepped in to purchase the newspaper, not only for financial investment, but because he wanted to ensure the UK black community continued to have a medium to speak up for their views and opinions.

?His relationship with the UK Jamaican community was legendary as he was the brainchild behind the successful ?Jamaica Expo? series which ran from 1995-1998 and brought many leading Jamaican companies to the UK to market their products and services to the diaspora community.

?As the chairman of Jamaica National, the leading financial institution, he invited many Jamaican political leaders and future leaders to address the diaspora community and lay out their plans and vision for Jamaica in the successful ?JN Outlook for the Future? series.

?He truly believed in the development and financial prosperity for Jamaica and he has left a lasting legacy.?

Colin Reid, from Leroy Reid & Co Chartered Accountants, said:

?Oliver Clarke, OJ, a man who taught us to be honourable and decent. He provided the people around him with vision and determination. He will be deeply missed for his kind, rational advice. We hope that the people of Jamaica follow this outstanding role model and continue his legacy. We express our condolences to his family and best wishes.?