From football legend Lloyd Lindbergh “Lindy” Delapenha to celebrated journalist Ian Boyne, here are some of the notable Jamaicans we lost in 2017. RIP to these luminaries and all other Jamaicans we left behind this year.
Famed author and journalist Peter Abrahams was found dead at his Rock Hall, St Andrew, home in January. He was 97.
Former Central and West Central St Catherine Member of Parliament (MP), Enid Bennett, died on December 21.
Veteran journalist and Deputy CEO of the Jamaica Information Service, Ian Boyne died on December 18. He was 60.
Jamaican art historian David Boxer died in May 2017. He passed away at his home on Devon Road in St Andrew after battling cancer. He was 71.
Media veteran Doreen Brown died in May.
Herman “Chucky” Brown
Former Police Superintendent Herman ‘Chucky’ Brown died in March.
Violet Moss Brown
Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown, who was the world’s oldest person, died in September. She was 117.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, who served in the Jamaica Constabulary Force for 36 years, died suddenly in May. He was 57 years old.
President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell died in June. At the time of his death, he was undergoing treatment for cancer at the Johns Hopkins Cancer Treatment Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Businessman and philanthropist Pokar Chandiram, a founding member for The Handicapped Christian Pilgrimage Trust in Jamaica, died in December. He was 83.
Lady Ivy Lucille Cooke, wife of the late former Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke, died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in June. She was 100 years old.
Football legend Lloyd Lindbergh “Lindy” Delapenha, the first Jamaican footballer to play professionally in England, died at his St Andrew home in January. He was 89.
Former Cabinet minister and major trade union figure, Carlyle Dunkley, died in June.
Michael ‘Fisher’ Edwards
PNP Councillor Michael ‘Fisher’ Edwards collapsed and died suddenly in January. He reportedly died of a heart attack.
Harland Fairweather, 97, the oldest child of the late Violet Brown, died at his Duanvale, Trelawny home in April.
Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died in November after a battle with breast cancer.
Rosalyn Fisher, the affable general manager of the Scientific Research Council’s marketing arm, Marketech, collapsed and died suddenly in March.
Roots singer Edi Fitzroy, est known for his 1984 hit ‘Princess Black’, a song celebrating black women, died in March. He was 62.
Sonya Kay Forbes
Medical doctor and former Miss Jamaica World contestant, Sonya-Kay Forbes died under mysterious circumstances in September. She was found dead with a stab wound to the abdomen.
The executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Delroy Gordon died suddenly in March.
Jamaica Stock Exchange chief regulatory officer, Wentworth Graham was found dead in October. His body was fished out of the Fisherman’s Beach in St Catherine. An autopsy found that he died of drowning.
Opposition parliamentarian, Dr Winston Green of South East St Mary, died suddenly in August.
Colonel Collin Harris
Maroon colonel Collin Harris, also known as “Teacha” or ‘Colonel’, died in June. He was 100.
CEO of popular Jamaican restaurant Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Lowell Hawthorne in early December killed himself inside his Bronx factory in New York. He was 57.
Popular financial commentator and Mayberry Investments director, Sushil Jain died in October. At the time of his death, he was in a hospital for a lung infection.
Cleon ‘Corey Mineral Boss’ Jones
Dancehall producer Cleon ‘Corey Mineral Boss’ Jones was shot and killed in December at his home in Caymanas Bay, located close to the Mineral Bath in St Catherine.
Olympian and national high jump record holder, Germaine Mason died when his Honda motorcycle crashed along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston on April 20.
Former People’s National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kingston and Port Royal and State Minister, Marjorie Taylor died in October after an extended period of illness.
The first president of the Mico University College, Professor Claude Packer died in November in Florida after ailing for some time.
Gifted singer Frankie Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, died in May at the University Hospital of the West Indies after a battle with kidney disease. He was 51.
Popular fashion designer Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was stabbed to death at his St Andrew home in August. A makeup artist was subsequently charged with his murder and is now before the courts.
Dancehall artiste Gaza Maxwell, a former member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire camp, died in September after being stabbed by a man in a studio in Springfield, St Thomas.
Donovan ‘Unicorn” McMurray
Donovan McMurray, more popularly known by his stage name Unicorn, was gunned down in Kingston in November.
Kristan ‘Instaboss’ Pearson
St Mary entertainer Kristan ‘Instaboss’ Pearson was shot and killed by a police officer in May during a dispute at a party in Port Maria.
Dennis and Richard Ramdial
Businessman Dennis Ramdial was shot dead along Beechwood Avenue in Kingston, in October, just over three months after his son, Richard (pictured), was gunned down in rush hour traffic.
MVP Track Club athlete Jordan Scott died in a motor vehicle accident in September. Another athlete, Michael Campbell was seriously injured in the accident.
RJR Gleaner Communications Group chairman Lester Spaulding died in November. He died in hospital after a battle with illness. He was 76.