Former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke was yesterday remembered as a man who “lived a good life” by the scores of mourners, including relatives, friends, and members of the clergy and diplomatic corps, who showed up at the Mico University College yesterday to view his body as it lay in state.
Sir Howard’s niece Ruth Cooke Gibbs said he was a man with a huge heart.
“He cared for his people, regardless of where they came from in terms of their social status. He loved his country. It’s wonderful that Jamaica has recognised him,” she said.
Eunice Cooke Dunkley, another of the late governor general’s nieces, remembered him as an incredible advisor and friend.
“He was the people’s governor. He gave his heart for Jamaicans. He helped form the People’s National Party but he crossed all party lines,” she said.
His nephew Norman Cooke said he was a wonderful and humble person.
While some mourners showed obvious signs of grief, others wore poker faces as they paid their respects and signed the guest book with words of condolences to the family.
Ambassador Byron Blake remembered Sir Howard as a man who lived a good life and set a good example for Jamaicans to follow.
“I think if we just look back at his life, especially persons in authority, political or otherwise, look at the example he has set, the country would be very much better off,” Blake said.
Sir Howard, who died on July 11 at age 98, will be accorded a state funeral today and laid to rest at the National Heroes Park in Kingston.