He has had two stints in the post of Agriculture Minister, having been appointed in 2012 until his death today. Before that he also held the office from 1998 to 2007. Before that appointment he had responsibility for Local Government in 1995 as a member of the People’s National Party, PNP Cabinet.
Reports coming out of Jamaica say Clarke died in the United States where he had gone for medical treatment for a back condition. It was while on his way back home after surgery he died, said the reports. While at an airport in Florida, awaiting his flight home, Clarke is believed to have suffered a heart attack and died. He was taken to a local hospital when it was realized that he was not well.
The PNP is the sister political organization to the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and in a statement issued Thursday afternoon, party chairman, Marcella Liburd, expressed sadness at the death of the Jamaican Minister.
“I want all of us to pray for the family of Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture Jamaica and member of People’s National Party. Politics does not define your legacy but your service to your nation. I want to send my condolences to the Family of Mr. Clarke. We mourn with you as well as the numerous Jamaican nationals we have here in St. Kitts. Rest in peace,” said Ms. Liburd in a Facebook posting.
“Rest in Peace my dear friend Roger. I am in shock so I can’t say anything more at this time except to give my condolences to his wife and family,” said Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Aloun Ndombet- Assamba, who is in St. Kitts attending a diplomatic meeting.