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Tributes flow for Estwick


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BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY today paid glowing tribute to late parliamentarian and attorney-at-law, Tyrone Estwick.Estwick, 54, brother of Minister of Economic Affairs Dr David Estwick, died on June 5 after a protracted illness. A double university honours graduate, Estwick was elected to the House of Assembly in 1991 and served as Minister of Education and Culture under a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration until 1994 when he lost his Christ Church East seat in the general election of that year. He subsequently joined the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in 2000.Leading the Lower House in tribute, Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart spoke of his relationship with the Estwick family of St Philip, which he traced to his boyhood days while a pupil at the then St Martin’s Primary School [now Reynold Weekes Primary].Stuart recounted Estwick’s early years as a Foundation School student, their association as attorneys-at-law, political colleagues and their general close friendship. He described Estwick as a self-confident, articulate and committed individual in every sphere of social activity in which he endeavoured.Stuart paid tribute to Estwick’s mother, whom he said had selflessly set about raising Tyrone and his siblings after the early death of their father. He noted it was a similar sense of dedication which the late attorney brought to bear on his own family situation.Opposition Leader Mia Mottley said she felt a personal sense of loss at Estwick’s passing. She noted he was one individual in whom she had complete trust and a sense of loyalty.Mottley said that over the last 15 years Estwick had been faced with serious health challenges, but added he still continued to fight valiantly in the cause of his many clients. Fearless and frank She described him as being a fearless and frank individual but one who still maintained his sensitivity.The St Michael North East MP said that such was Estwick’s nature and the respect with which he was held, that even when he joined the BLP, this did not harm his relationship with his former DLP colleagues.St James North MP Rawle Eastmond praised Estwick’s political contributions, making specific reference to his tenure as Deputy Speaker. He said that between 1986 and 1991 whenever names of the brightest political talents were mentioned, Estwick’s name was invariably called.He said that during Estwick’s period in the Lower House, he could not recall him ever making an incorrect or misguided ruling. St Michael North MP Ronald Toppin recalled his close friendship with Estwick and described him as a very confident man with a notably sharp tongue. He said Estwick served Barbados well and had not for his illness, he believed he would have gone on to make an even greater impact on the country’s political landscape.Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley expressed his gratitude to Estwick for providing him with early opportunities to exercise his craft in court as a junior associate. He said Estwick was always well prepared and clinical during court appearances.He noted Estwick was a true champion of the under privileged and often took on cases without hope of payment. He revealed that even as a senior attorney, Estwick remained on the list of community legal aid lawyers, when other senior lawyers withdrew their services.Leader of Government Business Chris Sinckler suggested that the Bar Association should look seriously at naming some in-house award in his honour. He noted that one of his lasting memories of Estwick was the support which he gave as Minister of Education to the introduction of African studies as a part of the island’s school curricula.Also offering tribute were City MP Patrick Todd, St James Central’s George Hutson, Christ Church East MP Dr Denis Lowe, Christ Church South MP John Boyce, St Michael South Central’s Richard Sealy, St Michael Central’s Steve Blackett, Christ Church West Central MP Stephen Lashley and St Lucy MP Denis Kellman.David Estwick thanked the Chamber on behalf of his family for their expressions of condolences. (WG)

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