Business mogul and longstanding media giant, Oliver Clarke, is being remembered as a man who has served with distinction.
Tributes continue to pour in for the 75-year-old who died over the weekend.
Mr. Clarke was the former Chairman of The Gleaner Company and also served as the newspaper’s Managing Director for more than 40-years.
At the time of his passing, he was the chairman of 1834 Investments.
Chief Executive Officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, Gary Allen, says Mr. Clarke was a Chairman who championed press freedom.
Gary Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, speaking with Nationwide News.
He says Mr. Clarke served with distinction in the media fraternity and the private sector.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Gleaner Company, Carl Domville, says Mr. Clarke challenged them to build and maintain a resilient institution that was consistently in support of democracy.
The Jamaica National Group in its tribute, says Mr. Clarke, was instrumental in the transformation of the local building society movement.
Mr. Clarke was Chairman of the JN Group.
The Group says he encouraged the expansion of building societies from parish-based entities into urban organisations, while maintaining the strong mandate to serve its members.
The business mogul was also a founding member of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, and served as its president from 2001 to 2002.
He was inducted by the PSOJ into the Private Sector Hall of Fame in 1996.
The PSOJ in a release over the weekend described him as a magnanimous private sector leader and a true Jamaican patriot.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a post on Twitter said for decades Mr. Clarke straddled the Jamaican business community like a Colossus.
And, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, says his analytical skills, business experience and accounting expertise were frequently called on to bring the nation through difficult times as was the case during the advent of dollarization in the 1980s.
In the meantime, Culture Minister, Olivia Grange, says Mr. Clarke was meticulous about preserving the Gleaner’s archives, which is today a treasure trove of information about Jamaica’s heritage.