Jamaica News, Mourners were out in their numbers at the University Chapel located at the University of The West Indies Mona campus in St. Andrew to send Farewell to Iconic Television radio broadcaster Dorraine Samuels.
Samuels-Binger had 3 children – Melissa Rickards, Russell Rickards and Morgan Binger. All three kids were present and joined together to say goodbye to their mom.
See pic of her kids below!
Dorraine Samuels Started broadcasting on January 1981 at RJR and was promoted a total of five times, with the most significant position being the supervisor of radio. Dorraine Samuels had a very entertaining radio partnership with Alan Magnus on RJR for over 30 years.
Samuels was recognized, She holds National Honour of Order of Distinction in broadcasting given to her back in 1999.
Her daughter Melissa Rickards said the following while at the service “no matter how demanding the work scene got she made it a point of duty that she would play just as hard as she worked and just as such many of the out of town broadcastings turned into mini vacations… she was a tower of strength no matter what came rushing at mommy, she will always look for a solution… my mother was an amazing person, one who leads by example” she went on to explain that Samuels died 8 years after “daddy” passed away.
Members of Parliament were present!
A member from the RJR group stated that “She served at the highest level of the company also, being staff representative on the Board of Radio Jamaica for three years, from December 1988 to December 1991”
These persons below were unable to get inside and eagerly watched proceedings through a window.
Dorraine Samuels Passed Away at Age 59 on March 26, 2019, after suffering from Cancer for quite some time.
Samuels was once placed 5th in a Miss Jamaica competition(the early 80s). She was recognized as a great speaker at the pageant show and was offered a job at RJR shortly after.
Dorraine Samuels cancer fund
As reported by RJR, The Jamaica Cancer Society is to establish the Dorraine Samuels Fund for Cancer Education, Research and Prevention.
Prime minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness personally sent condolences to her family and recognizes her great work in media, he stated “Dorraine inspired the nation as she shared remarkable human interest stories and presented the history of Jamaica in living color.” he said, adding that “Dorraine Samuels has shaped the lives of so many who grew up listening to her on morning radio and her effortless presentation of the nightly news. She will forever be in our hearts,” Mr. Holness concluded.