SIMONE CLARKE COOPER – Host, TVJ’s Smile Jamaica

I met her as Dorraine when I joined the RJR Group in 1997. I then worked at FAME 95 FM, and her desk was just downstairs from my office. I would see her everyday – if not in the early morning when I pulled a 5 to 9am shift, then during the regular work day. Her greeting, “How is you?” led to many a conversation. We did ‘talk plenty’, and ‘laaf nuff’ about anything and everything. Eventually, she became ‘Do’.....

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GEORGE DAVIS – President, Press Association of Jamaica

The passing of Dorraine Samuels will leave a significant void in the profession. Dorraine was one of the few broadcasters who were able to seamlessly move between the media of radio and television. She was not only a broadcaster, but someone who also worked tirelessly to aid the less fortunate. Dorraine was a breath of fresh air on the airwaves, and we welcomed her into our homes daily over the decades, whether she was delivering the major newscasts on RJR, ....

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DIONNE JACKSON MILLER, host, RJR’s Beyond the Headlines, TVJ’s All Angles

You couldn’t be in the newsroom and not interact with Dorraine – RJR’s premier newsreader. Never, ever late to studio, always arriving in enough time to read through the bulletin thoroughly, and yet managing to deliver scripts she was seeing for the first time with as much confidence and smoothness as those she had read half an hour before. Always courteous and pleasant, Dorraine would greet everyone with the same polite, smiling hello. She religiously attended the TV news post-production....

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OPPOSITION LEADER DR PETER PHILLIPS

In a society where increasingly we no longer “listen to the better angels of our nature” but resort to violence to settle our differences, Dorraine Samuels provided the Jamaican people with a sterling example of a better way. For over three decades in broadcasting, she exemplified the best of the Jamaican personality; the warmth, the fairness, the balance and basic decency which mirrors the best of who we have been and can be as Jamaicans. She was indeed an example....

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PRIME MINISTER MOST HON. ANDREW HOLNESS, ON, MP

Dorraine Samuels, OD – The Doyen Of Jamaican Radio Dorraine Samuels, with her signature voice of authority and calm, warmed our hearts for almost 40 years in which she reshaped the Jamaican broadcast media landscape. Undoubtedly, she affected the lives of so many who grew up listening to her mellifluous, sound on radio where she naturally held court as a singular presence both of local media and Radio Jamaica (RJR) which anchored her illustrious career. From the time she entered....

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MORGAN BINGER, daughter

Mom, the thought of you gone is still unbelievable and forever will be. For eight years after dad passed, I depended on you and we got so close. We shared laughter and tears when I needed a shoulder to cry on. A precious memory that I will never forget is how you tried to teach me the value of money by telling me your first car back in the day was over $7,000. And I would laugh myself to tears....

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RUSSELL RICKARDS, son

“My one son.” That\'s how she always referred to me. Her one son. I can still remember her calling me that as I stand here today. My mother was an amazing person; one who always led by example, and by doing so, taught us so much. She was organised, strategic and solution oriented. She always planned ahead, always ensured that everything was in place. She showed us how to be skilled negotiators, teaching us the value of money, and always....

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MELISSA RICKARDS JOSEPH, daughter

I will start with an original piece. \"A mother’s love is something that no one can explain. It is made of deep devotion, and of sacrifice and of pain. It is endless and unselfish and enduring, come what may; For nothing can destroy it or take that love away. It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking And it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns....

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GARY ALLEN, CEO, RJRGLEANER Communications Group

[audio mp3=\"http://rjrnewsonline.com/remembering-dorraine/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GA.mp3\"][/audio] This tribute has been one of the most challenging things I have had to write in a long time, and at the end, I ask that you understand that I’ve tried my best, but it still feels inadequate. Family members know, because we have told them repeatedly that we in the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, feel a tremendous sense of loss and a major hole created in both our professional and in some staff members’ personal lives.  For you....

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HON OLIVIA GRANGE, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport

It has been well said that the real measurement of one’s presence is the space one’s absence creates. The air is now full of the absence of our dear Dorraine Samuels. On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, I pay tribute to this exemplar of women in public life. Dorraine represented that special quality of the true Jamaican woman who inserts herself in the lives of others in such a profound and sincere way that we....

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WINSTON A. RIDGARD O.D., former RJR Programmes Director

Dorraine Samuels gave   Jamaica and the broadcasting world the equivalent of what Dr. The Hon Usain Bolt gave to Athletics through performances in Track and Field.  The golden pinnacles of both respective career performances stand high above and beyond the reach of many other individual aspirants. Dorraine, through a majestic winsome humane personality, an adorable communications acumen, a wonderful devotion to personalised human relationships and an unparlled natural humility, rose to the throne of broadcasting in characteristic splendour. I clearly....

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TANYA THURLOW, Snr. Account Services Executive, RJRGLEANER Communications Group

Dorraine has these words at her workstation – “I want to inspire people.  I want someone to look at me and say because of you I didn’t give up” I salute my high school friend and co-worker who found herself in a dark place but she rose above the pain, she continued to stand tall and deliver unwavering service to her listeners and co-workers.  Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.  Life is full....

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DON TOPPING

It seems like such a short time ago that I met Dorraine Samuels in 1980 at the Miss Jamaica World Pageant. It was there that she famously displayed her natural distinctive and stylish elegance that was to follow her throughout a broadcasting career that made her a household name.  Dorraine was a performer who was easy to work with, whether you were a colleague or Management, ‘perfection’ was the applicable word. In this discipline she rose to become the leading....

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TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 1988-2014

It is hard to fathom why such a beautiful soul has been taken from us.  That we won’t get to see her or hear her beautiful voice again, saddens us immensely. The ladies in the Traffic Department grew up listening to Dorraine Samuels on radio, so when we started working with her, it was as if we already knew her and she didn’t make us feel any different. She was always courteous, kind and helpful and always greeted us with....

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MAYOR OF KINGSTON COUNCILLOR DELROY WILLIAMS

On behalf of the administrative and political arms of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), I am deeply saddened at the passing of veteran broadcaster Dorraine Samuels, a dedicated soul whose contribution has undoubtedly added value to the development of the media and communication landscape in Jamaica and the region. My heartfelt condolences are extended to her relatives, former colleagues and friends who are no doubt devastated by the loss of a “sweet soul” who was loved and....

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ROSAMOND BROWN, former broadcast colleague

Dorraine Samuels was who I wanted to be as a young broadcaster. When I was scheduled for my very first shift at Capital Stereo (am I dating myself?) although I’d had some measure of voice and speech training, I had no idea how to do “personality” radio. I used to listen to Dorraine and I liked the way she made me feel. She brought a gentle, upbeat beat happiness with smooth professionalism. And I decided that’s what I wanted to....

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MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

Dorraine Samuels - the voice of AgroBuzz It was in April 2014 that the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries aired the first edition of our radio agricultural programme, AgroBuzz. The intention was to tell about happenings in the sector, from our perspective, and to allow our stakeholders to share that information. The station we chose was RJR 94FM because we believed that Dorraine’s Coffee Break was the perfect programme in which to air it. So, Wednesdays at 9:45a.m. became....

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MAKEUP DEPARTMENT, TVJ

”Hello, hello, hello” was how Dorraine greeted us almost daily. She was the consummate professional, always prepared and early. Only the “awful traffic” could delay her from her usual promptness, in getting into makeup at exactly 6pm. She played an important role in all our lives, she attended Birthdays, baby showers, wedding, and parties where she was many times the pastry caterer. She was our confidant, advisor and friend. We miss you Dorraine.   Love, Mellisa Pinnock Cameka Smith Tamika....

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DORIAN RAY DUNCAN, Marketing Executive, RJRGLEANER Communications Group

Long before I met Dorraine, over 25 years ago, a poster of her on a billboard along Constant Spring Road influenced me in naming my first child; Dorraine. The name was the closest I could find to mine, Dorian. As fate would have it, approximately 9 years ago I joined the Team in the RJR Sales & Marketing Department. Over the period, I sold most of the features in the Programme Dorraine’s Coffee Break. This was an easy “sell,” as....

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