Former Prime Minister and PNP President, PJ Patterson, is hailing Easton Douglas as a giant in his contribution to the development of Jamaica.
The former Cabinet Minister who grew up in Duncans, Trelawny died over the weekend. He died at home on Sunday morning after battling cancer for several years.
Mr. Patterson told Nationwide News he met Mr. Douglas in Trelawny while Mr. Patterson’s brother was a pharmacist in the parish.
A close friendship developed between the two that lasted even after they left politics.
The former Prime Minister says Douglas, who was a public servant transitioned into politics in the 1980s when he joined the PNP.
In the 1990s, Mr.Douglas was appointed Minister of Health under the Michael Manley-led administration.
Mr. Patterson says under his administration, Easton Douglas was appointed to a Ministry that he was most passionate about.
Mr. Patterson described Mr. Douglas as meticulous in his duties.
The former Prime Minister also says his memories of Mr. Douglas’ professionalism and loyalty will remain with him forever.
Easton Douglas was also an accomplished land surveyor. He’s survived by a host of immediate and extended family members. He was 81 years old.