Richard Salm death – obituary : popular businessman and hotelier dies in fatal two-way crash

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Richard Salm death – obituary, cause of death : Richard Salm has been pronounced dead.

Richard was a popular St Ann hotelier and businessman who had been involved in a two-way car crash that occurred on the Llandovery Main Road in the parish on Wednesday, he was rushed to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital but succumbed to his injuries and died.

Investigation are still ongoing as details of the crash are still unclear, but what is clear is that the accident took place sometime after 3 pm on Wednesday, Salm death has rocked the island’s tourism industry.

Richard was at the time of his death the managing director of Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Hotel in Runaway Bay, St Ann, and also managing director of Drax Hall Estate.

Salm was among Jamaicans who were recognized for their contribution to national development at the National Honors and Awards ceremony at King’s House that year, this was according to Jamaica Information Service (JIS) article in October 2019.

He received the awarded for the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for service to Tourism, Winter Sports Promotion, and Community Development. Richard was a naturalized Jamaican, who came to Jamaica in June 1963, this was at a time when it was just a winter destination, on his way to work on the Ski Portillo in the Chilean Andes,” the article said at the time.

Five years after his first visit in 1968, after he had finished reading Law at Cambridge University, and called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, he spent some years working in a Merchant bank in London. He was only 26 years of age and he gave it his all up and emigrated to Jamaica.

“Richard Salm Along with a group of individuals who were his university friends from England, bought a piece of swampland in Salem, Runaway Bay, and conceived the idea of building the hotel Club Caribbean,” the article said.

By 1971, the first phase of Club Caribbean was constructed, with 60 rooms.

“Today the resort has 220 rooms,” JIS said, adding that “Construction of the resort created employment for the citizens who respected Mr. Salm for providing much need employment, but also for working alongside them while the property was being bushed and cleared for development.”

He acquired Drax Hall Estate in 1988 and donated 30 acres of the property to the then St Ann Parish Council (now municipal corporation) for a community sports complex.

The businessman was a keen sportsman himself, the hotelier was also “instrumental in starting the Jamaica Ski Federation,” JIS reported.

The late Hotelier was a firm believer in an educated society, started Glen Preparatory with his Jamaican wife in 1994 “in the backyard of their home in Salem (St Ann), sponsoring the children of hotel staff”, the article said.

The school began with just eight children and had to be eventually move to Discovery Bay, also in St Ann, when the number grew to 60 children.

The hotelier’s contribution to national life saw him lead the development of Ironshore, in Montego Bay, which boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course, according to JIS.