Director of Public Affair’s in the Prime Minister’s Office, Pat Parris, has added her voice to the list of people paying tribute to Professor Owen Arthur.
She recalls that in 2003, Professor Arthur appointed her to serve in the Senate.
When he became Opposition Leader in 2010, Ms. Parris worked closely with him as his Executive Assistant.
She says her fondest memories of him were the early morning calls during that time to check and plan his daily schedule.
The Region mourns
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described the former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur as a person who “was passionate about his country” noting that he joined other regional leaders in expressing condolences to Arthur’s family on his death.
Prime Minister Holness stressed that he paused to pay respects to a man who served Barbados and the Caribbean with distinction.
According to him Professor Arthur, an economist, was “passionate about his country and the dream of regional integration.
St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet extended “deepest condolences to Barbados” on the death of Arthur.
The CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque said the entire Caribbean Community mourns the passing of an “ardent regionalist” in Professor Arthur.
Professor Arthur’s last regional public outing was to lead a Commonwealth Observer team to the March 2 regional and general elections in Guyana and in a statement, the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic said it was “deeply saddened” by his death.