Dwight Nelson, OD, JP
Former Cabinet Minister, Jamaica
Dwight Nelson was a Jamaican trade unionist, politician, and a former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Dwight Nelson was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 22 July 1946. He was educated at St. Aloysius Boys' School, St George's College, and the University of the West Indies. He later attended Trade Union Education Institute, Labour College of Canada, Rewely House & Ruskin College, Oxford University, and Cornwall University's Centre for Labour Studies.
Nelson, a trade unionist by profession, served as Senior Vice President at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union. He was first appointment to the Senate in 1983. He also served as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; and Minister of National Security in the Bruce Golding led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration.
Nelson served as national security minister when at least 73 people were killed during the May 2010 West Kingston massive operation to apprehend drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who was extradited to the United States on gun and drug related charges.
Honours and awards
In 2015, Nelson was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, in 2005 for his contribution to trade unionism. He was also a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of St. Andrew.
Nelson died on 23 December 2018 at his home after being ill for some time. He was 72. He was accorded and Official Funeral on 31 January 2019 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, Jamaica.