ormer People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary and Government minister, Dr Paul Robertson, has died.
The PNP announced on its Facebook page that Robertson passed away on Saturday evening at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital in St Ann following a brief illness.
“Dr Paul Robertson has served his country in various capacities, including as: Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine (1993-2007), as a minister of Government with responsibility for several ministries, senator, and as Vice President and General Secretary for the People’s National Party,” the post said.
“We express sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Dr Paul Robertson. May his soul rest in peace,” it added.
Current PNP President, Mark Golding, hailed Robertson as a man of “great integrity”.
“I am greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Dr Paul Robertson, a former General Secretary of the party and minister of Government, and a patriotic Jamaican. Dr Paul was a man of great integrity, whose contribution to our party and Jamaica’s democracy was immense,” wrote Golding via his Facebook account.
“I am glad we got the opportunity to have a great conversation last month. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in power,” the Opposition leader said.
Also joining in the early tributes was PNP General Secretary, Dr Dayton Campbell.
He shared: “An outstanding comrade has transitioned. Eternal rest grant to him O’ Lord. Rest in power Dr Paul Robertson (from) Dr Dayton Campbell.”
Robertson entered elective politics in 1993 when he beat the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Kingsley Sangster by a landslide in the South East St Catherine constituency.
After assuming the role of PNP general secretary, he went on to become vice-president of the political movement in 2003.
As a member of the Cabinet, Robertson served as Minister of Industry and Investment, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Development.
He retired from representational politics in 2007, but worked alongside Maxine Henry Wilson in the party’s general election campaign that year, which saw the party failing to retain a fifth consecutive term in Government.
In his later life, he was a university lecturer, and was appointed to a senior position at the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) in 2012.