Mourners Bid Farewell To ‘Statesman, Servant, Patriot,’ Dr. Ken Baugh At Official Funeral

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‘Statesman, servant, patriot.’

Those are some of the words used to describe former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, as he was granted an Official Funeral this afternoon.

The ceremony was held at the Chapel of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Members of the political directorate, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips joined Dr. Baugh’s widow, Vilma and the Baugh family at the thanksgiving service.

William Mitchell was at the service and files this report.

Tributes have poured in over the last 3-weeks from across the national spectrum.

Humility, commitment, and excellence are some of the words used to describe the former West Central St. Catherine Member of Parliament.

But his daughter, Melanie, spoke glowingly of the father who helped to raise her and her brothers Warren and Gregory.

Long-time colleague, Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Karl Samuda, also paid tribute to Dr. Baugh.

Dr. Kenneth Lee O’Neil Baugh was born in Montego Bay, St. James on February 24, 1941.

He was a medical doctor.

He also served as Health and Foreign Affairs Minister and Northwest St. James Member of Parliament.

He died on September 1, 2019 after suffering from illness.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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