The People’s National Party (PNP) is mourning the death of Professor Winston Davidson, a public health expert and adviser to former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
According to the PNP, Davidson passed away on Sunday morning, leaving behind a legacy “defined by unparalleled contributions to medicine, politics, and societal progress”.
PNP President Mark Golding said he is deeply saddened by the passing of Davidson.
“He was a devoted Comrade and servant of the People’s National Party. He had trained under my father as a medical doctor, so our roots together go way back. Personally, he remained a strong supporter of my political journey, for which I am grateful. May his soul rest in peace,” said Golding.
Davidson’s association with the PNP dates back to the early 1970s when he became actively involved with the PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO). According to the opposition party, he was committed to nurturing youths and fostering their involvement in political affairs, a practice that persisted during his tenure.
He served as a senator and parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Health following the PNP’s triumph in the December 1976 general elections.
Davidson also served as chairman of the National Council of Drug Abuse and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica. He was also focused on advancing telemedicine through innovative software programmes.
“Professor Winston Davidson’s passing is a tremendous loss to the PNP and the nation. His dedication to medicine and his unwavering commitment to the People’s National Party will forever be remembered and cherished,” said the PNP in a release.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children, relatives, friends, and all whose lives were touched by his exceptional presence. Professor Winston Davidson leaves behind an enduring legacy of service and dedication that will continue to inspire us all.”