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From left: Wayne Robinson Principal Jamaica College, Michael Bernard Chairman Peak Bottling Company, R. Danny Williams, Craig Hendrickson Director of Sales and Marketing at National Baking Company, and Lance Hylton, JC Foundation Vice Chairman, revealing the plaque on the newly name R Danny Williams Building.

Jamaica College (JC) and the Jamaica College Foundation recently paid homage to one of the school’s most appreciated and recognised alumnus, R. Danvers Williams.

Williams, affectionately known simply as Danny, is the founder of the country’s first Jamaican-owned life insurance company, Life of Jamaica, now Sagicor Life Jamaica.

He currently serves on the boards of several major Jamaican companies, organisations and foundations, including various Sagicor Group Jamaica member companies.

Described by many as “the light that Jamaica College needed in a dark time of their history”, Williams is credited for being the catalyst of change for students and teachers.

“For a man that has pulled on his resources and raised over a billion Jamaican dollars for JC, this dedication ceremony is the least we can do to show him how much we respect him and appreciate his dedication to our school and our country,” Lance Hylton, vice chairman of the Jamaica College school board remarked at a ceremony on Saturday, March 26.

Speaking on behalf of his father Butch Hendrickson, Craig Hendrickson commented, “Mr Danny Williams, or to me, just Uncle Danny, is an example of a person who has never forgotten where he is coming from and has given his time and resources to help the underserved and underprivileged selflessly”.

“If we look around us today on this campus, we see the fruits of his labour, a proud Jamaica College old boy. He has played his part in various capacities to give bright and promising young men the opportunities to go out in the world and make a difference,” he continued.

Williams was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1972 and was conferred with the Order of Jamaica for voluntary service to his community in 1993. He also served the Government of Jamaica for three years as a senator, minister of state and minister of Industry and Commerce.

Williams was conferred twice with the degree of Doctor of Law by the University of Technology in 2005 and by the University of the West Indies, Mona in 2013.

Also noteworthy, Williams has donated all proceeds from the sale of his biography I Tried to Make a Difference to the Jamaica College Foundation R. Danny Williams Scholarship Endowment Fund. With some 3,500 copies of the book sold, over $22 million has been donated to the fund.

Williams was lost for words but expressed his sincere gratitude to the organisers and his family, who he credits for shaping the man he is today.

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