Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams, has expressed sadness at the death of former Councillor Calvin Ellison, who passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
According to Mayor Williams, Ellison’s death has saddened him personally, as both he and the former Councillor were elected to represent their respective divisions at the same time in 2003.
“Ellison and I started out as Councillors in 2003; he was a proper man and a very dedicated Councillor. He had his constituents at heart, and supported them on all occasions where possible,” said Mayor Williams.
”When he was elected Councillor for the Canterbury Division (now Montego Bay South), he was very enthusiastic and desired, and worked towards those developments that would impact his constituents positively. He shared the same concern for the St. James Municipal Corporation as an organization, and was therefore very committed to those activities that he believed would ensure that the Municipal Corporation progressed," added Mayor Williams.
In expressing condolences, Mayor Williams said, “I want to, on behalf of the Political Directorate and Administrative staff of the St. James Municipal Corporation express deep regret on the passing of our colleague and former Councillor Calvin Ellison. He is remembered as a kind and thoughtful individual, who was committed to serving the people he represented.”
Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon, who presently represents the Montego Bay South Division, remembers the former Councillor as one who ‘never stopped serving the people.’
“Calvin Ellison was a dedicated, jovial and patriotic son of the Montego Bay soil. During his time as Councillor for the Canterbury Division between 2003 and 2007, he developed a good rapport with the people and contributed to several community projects. He was a loyal and committed member of the Jamaica Labour Party and the St. James Central team. He will be missed, however, never forgotten,” said Vernon.
Former Councillor of the Canterbury Division, Calvin 'Courtney' Ellison.
Former Councillor Calvin Ellison represented the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Following his term as Councillor, he continued to serve the people of the downtown Montego Bay area through outreach programmes and as an ardent volunteer.
The funeral service for Ellison will be held at the Glendevon Seventh Day Adventist Church, Sun Valley Road, Montego Bay on Sunday, April 16, 2023, beginning at 11:00 am. Interment follows at the Canaan Cemetery in Dumfries, St. James.