The Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is mourning the passing of Jamaican hotelier and businessman Gordon “Butch” Stewart, who passed away yesterday at the age of 79.
In a post to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, Dr Rowley referred to Mr Stewart as a “Caribbean man” who was energetic, innovative, design-driven, and customer-focussed.
Mr Stewart founded the Sandals hotel chain, and Dr Rowley says he is pleased to have interacted with him, as his thoughts left an impact.
His legacy, he adds, should be that he built an international brand, by giving trust, encouragement and congratulations to others, helping them to find their own way in their lives and the world.
Mr Stewart’s death, he adds, is a great loss for the region, particularly at the time when he was needed to go forward.