Businessman, well known Attorney-at-law and former President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Patrick Rousseau, is dead.

Mr. Rousseau died in hospital last night.

He had been battling illness for sometime.

He was 85.

Patrick Rousseau was affectionately called Pat.
He’s one of the most prominent figures in corporate enterprise in Jamaica.

He’s a long standing member of the law firm, Myers, Fletcher and Gordon.

Mr. Rousseau held positions of Chairman or Director at some of Jamaica’s biggest listed companies including – Life of Jamaica, Desnoes and Geddes and Carib Cement.

At the time of his death he was a director of International Media Company Limited and its subsidiary, Sportsmax .

Rousseau negotiated the bauxite levy in the 1970’s.

He took control of the WICB in 1996.

He presided over some turbulent times in West Indies cricket including the infamous players strike by the Brian Lara-led regional side on the eve of a white wash by South Africa.

Mr. Rousseau is credited with reinvigorating corporate support for West Indies cricket and beginning the process of bringing professionalism to management of the regional game.

Meanwhile, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson, is lauding Mr. Rousseau as a distinguished Jamaican.

Mr. Patterson says Patrick Rousseau was committed to National development.