Hon. Edmund Bartlett, the outspoken tourism minister for the world, Mr. Resilience, and the Minister of Tourism for the country that invented raegge, a minister that shaped a Caribbean island destination many say is the most fun place in the world to visit. This place and this minister are from Jamaica.
Tonight tourism wasn’t high on the agenda and not the reason for this minister to celebrate in Negril. The reason was Carmen, his wife for 50 years.
Married for 50 years is golden. According to a report in the Jamaica Gleaner, Carmen took over the spotlight tonight.
“With grace and wisdom, she articulated the essential elements that have sustained their marriage for 50 years”
Bartlett, recognized for his expressive abilities, saw his wife Carmen become the center of attention on Friday evening as she assumed control of their response. Exuding poise and sagacity, she conveyed the fundamental aspects that have nurtured their marriage throughout the years.
Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett with his late daughter Lisa Simone, his son Edmund II and his wife Carmen. Taken years ago, the family photo has pride of place in their home. It honours the memory of Lisa Simone who died when Bartlett was 46 years old. (Hoto Letstravelcaribbean.com )
The couple played tribute to their late daughter tonight.
Honestly,” Carmen Bartlett said, “We believe we’ve made it through these many years because of our unwavering love for each other.”
Love is Patient and Kind
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable and keeps no record of when it has been wronged.”1 Corinthians 13, what guided the couple through 50 years of happy marriage.
It wasn’t Bob Marley who they danced to, but Johnny Cash:
Me Only with Thine Eyes.
Numerous attendees, including friends, family, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, government officials, and representatives, assembled to witness the Jamaica tourism minister, a widely recognized personality, enchanting his spouse with an Elizabethan tune.
The Royalton Negril packed ballroom resonated with the delightful melodies of Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, the famously revived by Johnny Cash, fostering an atmosphere brimming with love and jubilation.
The entire team at eTurboNews messaged: Congratulations to both of you – well done.