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Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips Pays Tribute To Lady Ivy Cooke

Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips Pays Tribute To Lady Ivy Cooke

It was with deep regret that I received news of the passing of Lady Cooke.

Along with all Jamaica, I mourn her passing. As a long time friend of my family, Aunt Ivy wielded her influence as a force for decency, kindness, honesty and upliftment, which touched the lives of thousands. Her infinite charm and radiant smile warmed many persons, young and old, to her graceful personality.

Starting as a teacher, she was able, along with her husband of many years, to become the ultimate symbol of gracefulness and discipline, combined with deep affection for the Jamaican people. She dedicated her life, not only to the task of nurturing young minds and guiding their development, but was in her quiet way the ultimate patriot and community worker.

All Jamaica shall miss her. We extend condolences to her family and friends, particularly those in Western Jamaica. Along with Sir Howard Cooke, she ensured that their official residence, King’s House, was a place where all visitors could feel welcome and her well-cared for vegetable gardens provided more than ample meals for her guests.

Lady Cooke’s hundred years of life were well spent and she made our lives better for having known her.