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Hundreds bid farewell to Count Prince Miller

FAREWELL: Many well-wishers from across the United Kingdom, Jamaica and Belgium filled the pews

SCORES OF musicians and members of the entertainment fraternity were among the many well-wishers from across the United Kingdom, Jamaica and Belgium who filled the pews of the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London, on Tuesday, September 4 to say farewell to Clarence “Count Prince” Miller, musical pioneer and actor.

Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Olivia Grange, in a special tribute read by Jamaica’s high commissioner Seth George Ramocan, said Count Prince Miller was a tower of a man who contributed to the growth and development of the Jamaican entertainment industry and brand Jamaica.

“‘Count Prince Miller’ will also be remembered among the resilient and determined Jamaicans who must be recognised for their tenacity and endurance as they emigrated to the United Kingdom and found their place in the centre of our colonial history,” she said.

“The ‘Count Prince’ set up house and was determined to make his mark as part of what our own cultural icon, Miss Lou, referred to as Jamaicans ‘colonising England in reverse’,” minister Grange noted.

PAYING THEIR RESPECTS: (Left to right) Jean-Pierre Miller, Jimmy James, Jamaica's high commissioner to the UK Seth George Ramocan and Mrs Ramocan

Count Prince Miller, who died on August 16, was remembered in song, music and poetry including a special selection by a choir made up of members of the “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” production. Count Prince Miller had played National Hero Marcus Garvey in this acclaimed production by the late Peter ‘Flip’ Fraser and Junior ‘JD’ Douglas, who gave the eulogy. Singer Kamara Fearon performed His Eye is on the Sparrow, while the lessons were read by Sharon Parry and Errol Hines.

Other tributes were paid by Count’s longtime friend and fellow member of the Vagabonds Jimmy James and managing editor of the Gleaner Voice Group, George Ruddock. The sermon was delivered by the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who spoke of Count Prince Miller’s kindness and generosity of spirit. She noted that he went out of his way to help others including many young people.

An offering was collected towards the Alpha Boys’ Home.

The thanksgiving service was followed by a reception at the Jamaican High Commission, which included more tributes from close friends including Dr Myrna Hague-Bradshaw and musical tributes from veteran singers Winston Francis, AJ Franklyn and Dennis Alcapone, as well as saxophonist Lascelles James.

Count Prince Miller is survived by his only son Jean Pierre, three sisters and a brother. His cremated remains will be interred in Jamaica.

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