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REMEMBERING DAVID: Across the region

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REMEMBERING DAVID: Across the region

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THE FOLLOWING ARE excerpts of tributes from across the region at the news of the passing of Prime Minister David Thompson.

Former Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson says she hopes Barbados will have a smooth leadership and government transition following the death of Prime Minister David Thompson.

“We mourn with and wish the Government of Barbados the very best at this time as we anticipate that the now necessary and imminent transitions will proceed smoothly so that Barbados can continue to make its notable contributions to this region and the world at large,” she said in a message of condolence to the people of Barbados.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding, chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM:

“He fought . . . a brave fight to the very end demonstrating the unconditional love for his country and a commitment to the people of Barbados. His will be a great loss to the region,” Golding said extending condolences to Thompson’s wife Mara, his three children, his family and the Government and people of Barbados.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar expressed “deepest condolences” on behalf of her four-month administration and that of the people of the oil-rich twin-island republic.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit: “We knew he was not well but we continued to pray that he would have overcome the illness. It is a very sad day for all of us.”

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas: “A day of incredible sadness for Barbados and the member-states of the Caribbean Community,” adding “the loss is great . . . our sadness, indescribable”.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Opposition Leader and former prime minister Lester Bird: “David Thompson was a good personal friend of many years standing. It is a matter of great regret to me that after the years of working so diligently for the Prime Ministership, he was not able to fulfil his potential as an outstanding head of Government of Barbados and as a Caribbean leader.”

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves: “It has been a tragic and serious loss to the region and Barbados. He was man of great intelligence and a human being to the core. He had a vision for Barbados and the region and was a hard and dedicated worker.

“To be lost so early in life is something that shakes you the core. I know the will of the people of Barbados to be strong and very durable and I know there will be a smooth transition.”

CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington: “We had all been generally aware of the serious nature of his affliction with pancreatic cancer but had been hoping and praying that somehow he would have overcome this challenge. Well it was not to be and we are all deeply saddened by his passing.”