Latest Jamaica News, Trelawny: Former MP Brascoe Lee Dead – Residents of South Trelawny are now mourning the death of former Member of Parliament and State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Brascoe Lee, who died today.
Mr. Lee, one of the Agriculture Ministers who applied out-of-the-box thinking in his endeavours is credited for having introduced Strawberry farming to Trelawny during his stint in the Agriculture Ministry, during the Edward Seaga-led administration in the 1980s.
Mr. Lee, was voted into Parliament under a Jamaica Labour Party ticket in 1980. He left the party as one of the “Western Eleven” party members who backed former Prime Minister Bruce Golding when he established the National Democratic Movement in 1995.
After exiting politics, Lee ventured back into full-time Agriculture, establishing an agro-processing company, Spicy Hill Farms in 2007 in the Wait-A-Bit, community in his home parish.
Mr. Lee served as General Secretary of the NDM and contested the 1997 election, but failed in his attempt to win a seat.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Lee, on Wednesday morning which attracted a plethora of tributes from residents of Trelawny and other persons.
Former Senator Prudence Kidd Deans was among those who commented.
“Brascoe had a brilliant mind, especially in the area of Agricultural development,” she said.
“Condolences to the family…he was a kindly gentleman,” Shirley Anderson wrote.
“I remember this man. Is a big name in Trelawny and Christiana and Manchester. May he sleep well,” noted Antonette Sang.