Portland – Famous Personalities
Hon. Roy Thompson was born in Kensington on August 6, 1933. He was a policeman and spent 41 years 2 months in the Jamaica Constabulary Force. He is one of six Jamaicans to have moved from the rank of Constable to Commissioner. He was appointed Custos of Portland on October 20, 2000.
Dr. Donald Rhodd is the Member of Parliament (M P) for east Portland. He became MP in January 1998. He is an opthalmologist
T.P.Lecky an agricultural icon was born on December 31, 1904 in Swift River, Portland. During his lifetime Mr. Lecky served in various positions in the agricultural sector. His Dedication to research in this field led him in the production of the Jamaica Hope Dairy Cattle, the Jamaica Reds, the Jamaica Blacks and the Jamaica Brahman. He spent over sixty years in livestock research, which resulted in the island’s leading beef cattle breed the Jamaica Red Poll.
It is said that at one time Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis and Rudyard Kipling were regular faces around town. Also seen regularly in Port Antonio was Errol Flynn: dashing, suave, jetsetter and movie star who owned Navy Island at one time.