Former Custos of St Andrew and Board Chairman of LOVE 101 FM , Rev Carmen Stewart, OD, has died.

Rev Stewart passed this morning.

She served as Custos of St Andrew from 1992 to 2010 and was the first female custos of the parish. In 1996, she also became the first female deputy governor-general.

She served as Chairman of the National Religious Media Commission from 1995-1996. Rev Carmen Stewart played a major role in the development of Love 101 FM – she named the station, Love.

She served as pastor of the Pentecostal Gospel Temple on Windward in Kingston for 44 years and in 2006, was honoured for 50 years of pastoral work by the church.

Stewart also served as a director of the Bureau of Health Education in the Ministry of Health.

She founded the Wilbert Stewart Basic School in Mountain View, St Andrew named in honour of her late husband; and she also served for many years as an honorary tutor at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

In 2007 she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica; the Order of Distinction for service in the field religion and health education in 1986; the Prime Minister’s Medal and presented with the Certificate of Recognition from the Bureau of Women’s Affairs.

She was also the recipient of the Award for Dedicated Service from the Kiwanis’ Club of downtown Kingston.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff is saddened by the passing of Rev Carmen Stewart, OD- we extend our condolences to her family, friends and loved ones. May her soul rest in peace.