Barbados Prime Minister dies of cancer

| 23/10/2010

(CNS): Update Sunday 2:00pm – The prime minister of Barbados, David Thompson, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 48. The BBC reported that he died at his home in St Philip. He had been ill since March and had travelled several times to New York for treatment. Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands has appointed the attorney general and deputy PM Freundel Stuart to head the government until elections in 2012. Premier McKeeva Bush said, "He always had the best interests of his people at heart. I’m sure that he will be greatly missed not just in Barbados but throughout the region."

 Go to BBC article

Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush’s full statement:

Cayman Islands Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush expressed his sadness at the death of Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson.

Premier Bush said, “It is with great sadness that I’ve learned of the death of Prime Minister David Thompson. He was a good leader and Barbados has lost an outstanding statesman. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Cayman Islands, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Barbados and to Mr. Thompson’s family.

“I was personally acquainted with him and found him to be a man who was passionate about his country. He always had the best interests of his people at heart. I’m sure that he will be greatly missed not just in Barbados but throughout the region. May God bless the people of Barbados and Mr. Thompson’s family as they mourn his untimely passing.”

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  1. Michel Lemay says:

    My condelences to all our resident from Barbados here working and living here in Cayman. I have had the oppurtunaty to work with a wonderful lady from there, one of our past neighbour is from there and my family and myself had the oppurtunaty to visit Barbados on a cruise once and truly enjoyed it. Condelences to the Prime Ministers family and close friends and the population. I did not now him but our new neighbor says he was a Good man !

  2. Suzanne Bothwell says:

    It is with deep regret that we hear the news of Barbados’ loss of its Prime Minister The late Hon David John Howard Thomspon. I was privileged to have known him personally during my time at the University of the West Indies while he was the leader of the opposition when i was paired with him in the Universitie’s mentorship programme for young lawyers.  He was a person of great humility and forthright in his pursuit to realise his vision for the people of Barbados. 

    I extend my sympathies to his family, all Barbadians, especially the Barbados community in the Cayman Islands… I am sure as a nation they will be in mourning for quite some time.  I encourage those of you who do not know much about the late David Thompson to visit the Barbados Advocate website to read the many tributes extended to this Great Leader.

    The burden of his corporeal state has been lifted and his soul is now in the presence of the Glory of the God as his good and faithful servant.



  3. Lyndon Martin says:

     This is a major loss to the region.  My deepest of condolences to his family.  He was a true friend and will deeply missed. RIP 

  4. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to the family and friends of the late Hon. David Thompson. Not has Barbados lost one of its best leaders, the Cayman Islands has lost a good friend.

  5. JuJu little BuBu says:

    condolences to family and friends<3 R.I.P Mr.Thompson

  6. Anonymous says:

    As a Caymanian who often visits Barbados I know the death of David Thompson has touched many people within Barbados and the wider Caribbean. He also has ties with people of the  Cayman Islands. He was widely admired as a gifted and visionary leader and also an excellent communicator. He was nevertheless a humble and caring person who walked comfortably with kings and the less fortunate. His selfless commitment to public  service is a fitting example to all who are blessed to serve the people. May he rest in peace