PM Douglas says death of David Thompson

Basseterre, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister has described Saturday “a day of incredible sadness for Barbados and the member-states of the Caribbean Community,” upon learning of the death of Barbados Prime Minister Hon. David Thompson, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 48.

“In this complex and challenging 21st Century chapter of the Caribbean’s political evolution, Prime Minister Thompson repeatedly proved himself to be especially well-suited to the demands of this era. Chosen by his people to lead them and Barbados through this perilous period of global instability, he had the vision, the character, and the wherewithal to precisely this, and was indeed totally immersed in meeting these awesome responsibilities when he was mercilessly struck down in the prime of his young and outstanding life,” said Dr. Douglas in a statement.

Dr. Douglas said the late Barbadian leader “was known and admired by the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, and was a valued colleague and friend to me and my Government.”

“The loss is great. Our sadness, indescribable,” said Dr. Douglas.

“The Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis extend our deepest condolences to Mrs. Thompson, her children, and the people of Barbados at this deeply sad and tragic time.   May the soul of this outstanding Caribbean leader, my friend, and my colleague, rest in peace,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF BARBADOS PRIME MINISTER DAVID THOMPSON

“The death of Prime Minister David Thompson, at such a young age, is a tragedy for the people of Barbados. He worked tirelessly on their behalf and always had their best interests at heart. I enjoyed meeting with him at a reception for leaders from the Caribbean held at Gracie Mansion.  There are tens of thousands of New Yorkers with roots in Barbados, and we join together in mourning his passing. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Marie-Josephine Mara, and their three daughters.”

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