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Acting PM pays tribute to Sir Maurice King

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Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw hailed the work and service to the people of Barbados from former attorney general Sir Maurice King.

Bradshaw said in a statement following the death of Sir Maurice on Tuesday that his work in public life must not be minimised.

“While the passage of time has a natural tendency toward the erosion of memories, a country ought never to forget the contribution of those who served it honestly, faithfully and with never a hint of animus,” she said.

“Sir Maurice Athelstan King was one such Barbadian whose service we ought never to minimise, and today, at his passing, on behalf of the government and people of Barbados, I extend sincere condolences to his family, as well as the family of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). He was a loyal servant of the DLP for decades.”

Bradshaw said while it has been almost three decades since Sir Maurice retired from active politics, his many years of service remained worthy of commendation.

“But Sir Maurice’s service to the country did not always occur in the glare of the cameras,” she said.

“His contemporaries would recall that ordinary Barbadians were the major beneficiaries of his legal skills and intellect as the principal legal advisor to two former long-standing general secretaries of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Sir Frank Walcott and Sir Roy Trotman.

“Similarly, without fanfare, Sir Maurice represented Barbados well, but with the quiet confidence that is so often a key tool of international diplomacy in the 1970s, as our ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the Organisation of American States.”

(PR/AR)

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