Nathan Robb hailed for dedication to community development

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), attorney-at-law Nathan Robb, affectionately called “Natty Robb”, who died on Wednesday, has been hailed for his strong push for the development of Montego Bay.

“Nathan’s death is a great loss to the country, not just the city of Montego Bay because he was someone who believed in community development and the country’s development,” MBCCI President Janet Silvera said yesterday.

“He was never afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and he would defend the city that he called home without making any type of apology. He would come up with various thought and suggestion which would benefit those of us who are living in this city.”

Lloyd B Smith, a former MBCCI president, concurred with the sentiments expressed by Silvera.

“… What I remember most about him was a very fierce and unrepentant advocate on behalf of Montego Bay [and] its development,” Smith said.

Robb died Wednesday afternoon at hospital where he was admitted the last weekend after suffering a stroke.

The outspoken attorney-at-law, who served as president of the MBCCI from 2013 to 2015, reportedly had a bypass surgery following a heart attack just over a decade ago.

Yesterday, president of the Cornwall Bar Association Lambert Johnson remembered Robb as an unselfish individual who always offered advise to members of the legal fraternity.

“He considered himself a mentor to young attorneys, in fact, to all attorneys. He had a very sharp wit. With his death a legend has passed. I pray for his family and pray that God will give us all strength at this difficult time,” Johnson said

“Nathan Robb will be deeply missed. He was held in extremely high regard by members of the legal profession. He exemplified the qualities of what it meant to be an outstanding attorney,” added Johnson.

Silvera, meanwhile, described the former MBCCI president as a selfless individual, as an outstanding attorney.

“He was not selfish with what he knew either; he was always willing to share,” Silvera said.

“He was a no-nonsense person who was fearless. He was a remarkably brilliant attorney who I would say had immense integrity. The Nathan you see was the Nathan you got. For me, he has left a real rich legacy for those who are here to follow,” said Silvera.

Robb is survived by his wife Jackie and three children – Leon Nathan Robb, Kim Robb-Bryan, and Nataline Robb-Cato.


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