In a statement, president of the Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association Mr. Trevor Brown, described the former ambassador to Cuba as a consummate public servant and a devout servant of humanity.
The following is the full text of Mr. Brown's tribute to Ambassador Felix:
"Words are inadequate to express the deep sense of personal loss and regret that we feel, at the passing of Elinor Felix, former ambassador to Cuba, consummate public servant and a devout servant of humanity.
Our hearts are deeply saddened, as although we were very aware of her courageous battle against the dreaded disease, the finality of not having her around to use a cricket analogy, ‘hit us for six’.
Her commitment to the struggle for a better life, especially for the down-trodden peoples of this world and zest for life, were two of the main factors that defined the life of this Jamaican patriot. Our experience of Elinor being the first person on the dance floor whether salsa or reggae is being played and among the last to leave, are legendary.
Equally, being among the first to ‘hold up her hand’, whenever the issue of assistance to anyone in need is raised, will be a difficult void to fill , in a society where the biblical tenets of being ‘your brother’s keeper’ is under constant siege, against a neo-liberal doctrine of material accumulation trumping the ‘milk’ of human kindness.
To her family, we say stay strong as we are also trying to do the same, while being comforted by the fact that our dear Elinor would want us to continue where she has left off, in her efforts to make this world a better place."
Ambassadort Felix served in the government service for decades, including a stint at the investment promotion agency, Jampro. But it was her time in the foreign service for which she was most widely known in recent times.
One of her most high profile assignments came during her tenure as Jamaica’s Ambassador to Cuba.
Having retired from the foreign service, she was employed at The Caribbean Maritime University up to the time of her passing.
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