Former West Central St Catherine member of parliament, Dr Kenneth Baugh, has died.

Dr. Baugh passed away at home in Kingston at approximately 10:05 A.M, following a lengthy period of illness.

He served as the Jamaica Labour Party’s Former Deputy Prime Minister, Member of Parliament for North West St. James between 1980 and 1987, as a Senator from 1989 to 1993 and then as member of parliament for West Central St Catherine as well as general secretary and chairman of the JLP, until his retirement from representational politics in 2016.

In a press release Prime Minister Andrew Holness said “He exemplified dignity and integrity throughout his public life. He was respected and held in high esteem by both sides of the political divide and could always be relied on to be a balanced and reasoned voice. His manner was always conciliatory and solution-oriented. He was an honest man, a sincere man; a decent man. His conduct gave him stature elevated above politics. He was a true statesman and we will miss his guidance and steady hand. The entire nation owes him a debt of gratitude.”

Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange describes Dr. Baugh as an exemplary man.

While Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips also paid tribute to Dr Baugh in a tweet. “The nation has lost a true and dedicated son. Dr. Baugh was truly the elder statesman and often the voice of reason in heated debates.”

Dr. Baugh was honored with the Order of Jamaica in 2016 by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen.