It seems like such a short time ago that I met Dorraine Samuels in 1980 at the Miss Jamaica World Pageant. It was there that she famously displayed her natural distinctive and stylish elegance that was to follow her throughout a broadcasting career that made her a household name. Dorraine was a performer who was easy to work with, whether you were a colleague or Management, ‘perfection’ was the applicable word. In this discipline she rose to become the leading newscaster for the RJRGLEANER Group, on both radio and television, and highly beloved partner to legendary morning broadcaster Alan Magnus. This, is what makes her passing such a tragedy and so sad for the station and the nation.
She was a caring mother of three children who became part of the extended RJR family, loved by the whole team who enjoyed watching them flourish and grow.
Gone to soon, we all say, but maybe Dorraine is echoing the words of Khalil Gibran: “Let me sleep, for my soul is intoxicated with love, and let me rest, for my spirit had its bounty of days and nights: light the candles and burn the incense around my bed and scatter leaves of jasmine and roses over my body.”
Dorraine, my dear friend and colleague, rest in peace; you will be missed.