CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Nov. 30, 2009: Members of the diplomatic corps and the Caribbean communities within the Washington metropolitan area in the US yesterday paid pay tribute to the late distinguished Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Keith Johnson, O.J., at a memorial service.
The service was organized by representatives of various Jamaican and Caribbean organizations, under the auspices of the Embassy of Jamaica, and was held at Howard University`s Rankin Chapel, Washington D.C.
Jamaica`s current Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, in underscoring the significance of the tribute, said that Ambassador (Keith) Johnson was one of the earlier Caribbean Heads of Mission in Washington, who set the tone of excellence to which all Ambassadors from the region aspire.
He served as Jamaica`s Ambassador to the United States from 1981 until 1991, when he retired from the service. He passed away peacefully at his home in New York on October 1, 2009 and was buried on October 15, 2009, following a funeral in Kingston.