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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgJamaica said goodbye and farewell to olympic hero Herb McKenley last Saturday with an official funeral at the National Arena attended by celebrities from public life and sports.

In the presence of a diverse gathering McKenley was praised for his service to the nation after his retirement from running also for his olympic achievements.

Paying tributes to this icon who was not only a double Olympic 400 metres silver medalist, but also a gold medalist in the Helsinki 4x400 relay win - was Prime Minister Bruce Golding who announced that a statue will be commissioned by the government and mounted on Independence Park campus to celebrate McKinley's life.

Former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga, PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller were also in attendance.

Other tributes came from his daughter Laura Bryce, Bernie Panton - on behalf of the Calabar Old Boys Association, Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association president Howard Aris and Jamaica Olympic Association president Mike Fennell. Donald Quarrie the 1976 Olympic 200 metres Gold medalist also spoke on behalf of Jamaica's athletes.

He was later laid to rest at the National Heroes Park. Mckinely is survived by three children and wife Beverly. He was 85 .