The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the EurOrient Financial Group (“EurOrient”) Mr. Ron Nechemia extended condolences to the government and people of Barbadoso ver the death of the Caribbean nation’s Prime Minister David Thompson. |
The Chairman of the Board of Governors learned with sadness of Prime Minister Thompson’s untimely death. He passed away on early Saturday morning at his home in Saint Philips with his family by his side. He was only 48.
Mr. Nechemia on Sunday hailed Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson for his commitment to democratic values, a day after he died.
Mr. Ron Nechemia recognizes “Prime Minister Thompson’s long-standing commitment to democratic values and justice in the Caribbean and an advocate for wider prosperity and opportunity throughout the region,” and he added “On behalf of EurOrient Financial Group and the Board of Governors, 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 EurOrient have lost a friend and valued partner.”
Prime Minister Thompson was the youngest ever elected prime minister of the Caribbean island state of 270,000 in 16 January 2008 and his slogan was established on community development. Prime Minister David Thompson has to his credit, the restoration of the Democratic Labor Party to a parliamentary majority.
Prime Minister Thompson had been serving in the government since 1991. Prime Minister Thompson focused his efforts towards decentralizing the government, strengthening social services and empowering the Barbadian economy. Prime Minister Thompson was born in 1961 on Christmas Day and is one of his seven siblings. Prime Minister Thompson is survived by his wife Marie-Josephine Mara and three daughters.
Prime Minister Thompson had been suffering from severe stomach pain since March, but it was not until September that doctors formally diagnosed him with pancreatic cancer.
The Prime Minister Thompson had flown several times to the United States to undergo chemotherapy at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital in order to shrink the tumor in his pancreas so it could eventually be removed. He died before the tumor could be removed.
Late last month, Prime Minister Thompson addressed the island nation with its roughly 285,000 citizens in a special audio address in which he, among other things, announced a reshuffle of his Cabinet and appointed Freundel Stuart as Acting Prime Minister.
In the address, Prime Minister Thompson said he chose to do it solely via audio and not on camera because he wanted people to focus on his message, and not on how he looked. This as a result of the chemotherapy he was receiving, causing him to rapidly lose weight.
The 48-year-old prime minister is survived by his wife Marie-Josephine Mara and their three daughters. He was succeeded by his deputy hours after his death.
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