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Relative: Detractors were for his jugular
Former Petrotrin executive chairman Dr Malcolm Jones was an icon who possessed values yearned to see emulated by young people in this country, said his close friend Winston Rudder yesterday during his funeral service.
Rudder delivered the eulogy at the Pro Cathedral of the Lady of Perpetual Help in San Fernando which was packed with people from all walks of life, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, members of his cabinet, San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello, prominent businessmen and former politicians.
Describing Jones as his brother, Rudder said Jones was more than an outstanding professional chemical engineer or energy bureaucrat. “He was an educator, an inspirer, a mentor,” Rudder said.
He added, “By the way he lived his life with dignity, humility and integrity, his selfless and outstanding contribution to national development not seduced by the trappings of office, Malcolm symbolised those values we yearn to see emulated by young men and women of T&T, especially today. In my view that makes him as icon.”
He continued, “My dear friend and brother I commend you for the considerable forbearance and exemplary forgiveness you displayed in the face of shocking adversity and indignity meted out to you in your last days. We do not ask history to be kind to you, rather we ask that the truth be told.”
However, he said, “I have no doubt that when the history of the energy sector of T&T comes to be written, the significance of the role played by Malcolm Anthony Jones will be duly recognised.” Also paying tribute to the father of five and grandfather of three, was his sister- in- law, Alison Wong, who described him as humble man, a caring and protective father and a playful and inquisitive grandfather.
Wong however, said, “This humble intellect encountered detractors along his life’s journey. Detractors who were always reaching for his jugular trying to shake his sense of purpose.
He felt hurt and betrayed but he didn’t stop loving, he didn’t stop giving as if to say Christ was also betrayed. He was peaceful man, living a peaceful life, making a peaceful exit.” Following the service for Jones who died at Petrotrin’s Augustus Long Hospital last Friday, the family held a private cremation.