Sent to the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, 18 April 2013:
In response to today's article the family of the late Dr Herbert Eldemire having taken note of the story which confirms the mumblings on the ground over the past few months regarding re-naming the Cornwall Regional Hospital in his honour.
We do not intend to have our father's name involved in any controversy and we are no longer in support of the renaming of the hospital after our father.
Our father was not associated with political tribalism during his many years of public service beginning in 1958 and we will not have his name be the subject of controversy in death. So there will be no need for the mayor to engage in consultations and the staff and citizenry who have stoutly objected can be at peace.
Denise Eldemire Shearer (daughter) on behalf of the family.
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