Hillary Clinton & British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean also extend their sorrow to Barbadians at the loss of Prime Minister David Thompson
Ladies first? In that case, here’s the message from the wife of former US President William Jefferson Clinton, now Secretary of State in her own right;-
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Barbados on the passing of Prime Minister David Thompson.
Barbados has lost a leader and the nations of the Americas have lost a friend and valued partner. Prime Minister Thompson was a champion for democracy and justice in the Caribbean and an advocate for wider prosperity and opportunity throughout the region.
Today my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mara and their daughters.
Barbados is blessed with strong democratic institutions that will ensure a smooth transition of power, and I am confident that under its new leadership, Barbados’ strong friendship with the United States will continue.
Next is the message from His Excellency Paul Brummell of the British High Commission;-
Britons join the people of Barbados in mourning the death of Prime Minister Thompson. David Thompson, who was born in England, embodied the close and warm ties between the United Kingdom and Barbados.
David Thompson was a highly respected leader whose easy-going charm was accompanied by an astute political mind. He confronted pancreatic cancer, a brutal disease, with typical courage and fortitude, remaining focused on the challenges faced by his beloved Barbados to the very end.
It was good though to hear that when he died earlier this morning, his loving family, his wife Mara and their three daughters, were at his bedside.
The thoughts of the government and people of the United Kingdom are with David Thompson’s family, with his constituents in St John, his party colleagues in the Democratic Labour Party, and with the government and all the people of Barbados.