“ ’Paco’ is a legend to us at GraceKennedy. Our corporate headquarters stand as an example of his brilliance. His many years of dedication and service to our company helped to make it what it is today. He continued the legacy of his forefathers, who, along with Dr John Grace, were founding fathers of the company. Not only was he committed to GraceKennedy’s growth, he was for Jamaica, and he demonstrated that right up until the time of his passing, by serving many organisations, and sharing his expertise as the President of the JCC,” Mr Wehby said.

The Group CEO also noted Mr Kennedy’s contribution to the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, noting that the spirit he had for the transformation of the area had been passed on to his daughter, Cathrine, who now spearheads GraceKennedy’s involvement with that project. He also lauded Mr Kennedy’s little-known involvement in the launch of the downtown peace initiative, and the part he played in mediation and development of this and similar initiatives in downtown Kingston.

“He was a real visionary and innovator, a man of passion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Marjory, and his children, Cathrine and Charles,” Mr Wehby added. He noted that Mr Kennedy had left a legacy from which GraceKennedy would continue to benefit, and added that the company was committed to honouring his memory in the growth of its business.

“I’m happy he recently and fittingly received the Order of Distinction, Commander Class. He will be remembered for being an outstanding businessman, a committed family man and an architect of Jamaica. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Mr Wehby added.