Eli Joseph Matalon

Eli was an experienced Air Force officer after his years with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served as bomber pilot during the war years. Upon his return, his knowledge of mechanical engineering made him a suitable match for production and manufacturing. He set up a cocoa factory in the 1950s and ran Tropicair Jalousies and West Indies Paints until he became the coordinator for all manufacturing and the building products division of ICD. Although he enjoyed his family business, he had a passion for politics. A supporter of the PNP, he stood for elections in the Parish Council Elections in 1969. He was elected Councillor of the Kingston and St. Andrews Corporation and then as the Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrews from 1971-73. He later became the Minister of Education and then the Minister of Security and Justice until his massive heart attack which caused him to retire. He was awarded the Order of Jamaica for public service in 1975.


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