"WALK GOOD E.K."… THE PRSJ BIDS YOU "SLEEP IN PEACE"
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018, KINGSTON JAMAICA: It is with an immeasurable sense of loss that the Jamaican community of professional communicators says goodbye to our beloved colleague, mentor, brother and friend Errol K. Miller who, at the time of his passing, was the Chairman of the LIME Foundation. He had previously held several executive level appointments in public relations and integrated marketing communications with the company.
Errol Miller was a communication professional of distinction. As a founding member of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica (PRSJ), 'E.K.', as he was affectionately known, will long be remembered as a man who represented and lived the values of our communication code of ethics. In today's world of changing communication values and practice, E.K. was a calming and pleasant presence, while remaining faithful to his commitment to truth and fairness.
The membership of the PRSJ heard recently that 'E.K.' had suffered a health setback and was hospitalized, and were concerned, but preferred to keep hope and mutual support alive. We could almost hear his voice doing what he did best – soothing nerves and calming ruffled feathers in times of crises, while crafting practical solutions. In our email discussion thread prior to his passing, we recalled and paid tribute to the man whose impact on us, individually and collectively for over three decades, was of immeasurable value.
Past and present members of the PRSJ regret the passing of this consummate communication professional, volunteer, mentor and family man. PRSJ past presidents and veteran communication professionals, Keith Brown, Jean Lowrie Chin, Elaine Commissiong and Berl Francis spoke of 'EK' in glowing terms.
'You can imagine my shock and sorrow when I learnt this afternoon of Errol's passing," said PRSJ Founding President Keith Brown. "He has, for decades, been a shining example of the consummate communications professional.
"A calm demeanor, sharp wit and disarming personality are some of the things I remember most about Errol and his post-retirement appointment as Chairman of the Lime Foundation is testimony to the outstanding role he played as Communications head of that company. Our profession has lost one of the outstanding pioneers. My deepest condolences to his family."
Mrs. Lowrie Chin recalled that Mr. Miller was always "...so courteous in all circumstances". According to Mrs. Commissiong, "Errol Miller was a consummate professional, and a good example of the levels to which a true communicator can rise; adjusting to the demands of the profession. His legacy will live on". Berl Francis remembers him as a man who had great wit, and never took himself too seriously, carrying out his professional duties with quiet humility and an unerring sense of purpose.
Integrated Marketing Communicator and PRSJ member, Gerrard, 'Gerry' McDaniel remembered E.K. as, "A sharp, warm hearted and generous soul"; while Convenor of the PRSJ, Deborah Hickling Gordon said Errol always operated with dignity, principle and poise. "He always had a word of wisdom and advice for younger colleagues, and was always willing to provide us with mentorship, guidance and encouragement", said Dr. Hickling Gordon.
A family man, Errol Miller's greatest tribute came from his son Stephen. In a June 2013 Gleaner article, two quotes from his Stephen captured the essence of the E.K. we know - disciplined and nurturing. "It was interesting growing up with dad. He always instilled the fear of God in you". Stephen defined his work relationship with his father as "youthful exuberance tempered by wisdom."
Errol Miller's long and dedicated commitment to the building of the communication.profession, the development of the professionals in the field, advocacy for the sector and the Public Relations Society of Jamaica will always be remembered. The Steering Committee and membership of the PRSJ offer our sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.
For more information contact:Deborah Hickling Gordon, Ph.D.
Public Relations Society of Jamaica
876 817 2859
876 924 9421
Public Relations Society of Jamaica (PRSJ)
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