Marcus Garvey III – the oldest child and namesake of Jamaica’s national hero and iconic leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. – has died in South Florida. He was 90.
Garvey was an electrical engineer, mathematician and physicist, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. He died in his Wellington. Florida home on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Garvey is said to have been much like his father. He became president general of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which his father founded in 1914 and lectured extensively across the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Africa.
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According to his widow, Jean Garvey, her husband left “indelible footprints.”
“The departure of Marcus Jr, whom I had been married to for over 30 years, will leave a void that cannot be filled, and he will be greatly missed by numerous family, friends, and colleagues from all over the world, in many places where he had left indelible footprints,” Jean said.
In addition to Jean, Garvey is survived by sons Colin and Kyle-Sekou, stepdaughter Michelle Morris, his younger brother Dr. Julius Garvey – who has been unsuccessfully seeking to have their father pardoned posthumously – and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements for Marcus Garvey III are pending.