Tribute to Gilmore Rocheford by the Leader of the Opposition, Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.

It was with deep sadness that I learned of Gilmore Rocheford‘s passing last night.

Gilmore was the only surviving member of the Federal Parliament, led by The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams, from 1958 until its dissolution in 1962. He was a true gentleman who has never allowed his many, varied and distinguished achievements to alter his humility.

He entered elective politics in 1956, when he unsuccessfully ran for St. George on the Barbados Labour Party’s ticket.

Following that he ran for St. Michael in 1966 and St. Michael North East in 1971, the first BLP hopeful to contest that seat.

During this time, he extended his considerable skills to the Barbados Labour Party serving as General Secretary from 1955-1964, when he co-founded of the League of Young Socialist in 1959. Gilmore was appointed a Government Senator from 1976 to 1981.

Gilmore served his country with distinction in many areas ranging from librarian of the House of Assembly, to teacher at the Coleridge and Parry School and Principal at the Christ Church High School.

The breadth and depth of his contribution to Barbados was seen in other areas, as he was a man of varied interests.

He worked with the Peace Corps Volunteers from 1974 -1982 and was the Co-ordinator for a US scholarship programme, in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in the early 1990s.

Gilmore was a strong proponent of cultural activities through his membership of the Barbados Arts Council and the Community Dramatic Group.

On behalf of the Barbados Labour Party and my own family, I extend sincerest condolences to the Rocheford family. May he rest in Peace.

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