A former Custos of Westmoreland and Member of Parliament for the parish, the PNP’s James McLean Thompson has died.
Thompson, who also served as a parish councillor, was 99 years old.
He died yesterday in the Savanna-la-mar hospital after sustaining a heart attack.
According to a statement from the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Mr. Thompson, who was affectionately called ‘Jim T’ gave 54 years of outstanding public service to the parish of Westmoreland and the nation.
This, dating back to 1947, when he entered representational politics under the banner of the People’s National Party, and was elected Councillor for the Glenislay division.
He served in that capacity for 14 years. He became a Justice of the Peace in 1957.
Jim Thompson deepened his involvement in national life as a member of the House of Representatives and Member of Parliament for North East Westmoreland from 1972-to-1980.
During this time, he was also Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.
He was appointed Custos of Westmoreland in 1990 and served for 11 years until his retirement in June, 2001.
The late Custos, who was also a cane farmer, is survived by his eight children and several grandchildren.
One of his sons – Robert Thompson, is the Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Kingston.