Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends condolences on the passing of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Mr. Patrick Manning

Office of the Prime Minister, July 2, 2016 – On the sad occasion of the passing of former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Patrick Manning, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends sincere condolences to his wife Mrs. Hazel Manning, sons Brian and David, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Our nation shares in the deep sense of loss and grief which have overcome the people of Trinidad and Tobago on the passing of the long-serving, gentleman leader.

Mr. Manning’s legacy will undoubtedly seat him among the distinguished leaders who served Trinidad and Tobago selflessly and with an immense sense of patriotic pride and solemn dignity. Mr. Manning will further be remembered as a leader and politician who was well liked, even across the political divide and as a man possessed of a deeply spiritual soul. In this regard he leaves a poignant legacy as an exemplar for politicians, leaders and servants of the people throughout our Caribbean region and further afield.

Being an astute and lifelong supporter of sports and having understood its critical function in national development, he played a central role in the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago elite athletes programme and sporting rewards initiative. With the continued emergence of several prominent national athletes across a multitude of disciplines, Trinidad and Tobago continues to benefit from Mr. Manning’s diverse legacy.

The people and nation of Trinidad and Tobago and indeed the wider Caribbean region are richer for having benefitted from the service of Mr. Manning who served twice as Prime Minister, first from 1991 to 1995 and then from 2001 to 2010. He passed this morning at the San Fernando General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 69.