Marcus Garvey Jr., the firstborn son of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, died in Wellington, Florida, on Tuesday.
Garvey, who was 90-years-old, had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
He was a brilliant electrical engineer, physicist, and mathematician, and in many ways, walked in his father’s footsteps, becoming president general of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
He was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and spent much of his time touring and lecturing across the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Africa.
His widow Jean Garvey disclosed, “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.”
Garvey is survived by Jean, younger brother Dr. Julius Garvey, sons Colin and Kyle-Sekou, stepdaughter Michelle Morris, and four grandchildren.