Former Democratic Labour Party candidate for St Michael North West, Ryan Walters, issued the following statement on the passing of veteran entertainer Richard Stoute.
Richard Stoute embodied what all of us should aspire to be: humble and humane.
He was a community-oriented man who did not need national accolades, pomp or pageantry in order to make a lasting and unforgettable contribution to the country’s landscape.
He taught us that you don’t have to carry a distinctive surname or come from a particular neighbourbood in order to make an indelible mark.
Dick Stoute came from humble beginnings, growing up in Black Rock, St Michael, the community he loved. It was this urban community which produced this unsung hero who helped shaped the lives and careers of many. Through Teen Talent, he provided an avenue for the dreams of young men and women to come true.
For more than four decades, Richard persevered, against the odds, to ensure that the Teen Talent contest was kept alive.
I have fond memories of my interactions with Richard. He always met me with a broad smile and words of encouragement. When I visited him just a few weeks ago, although not his usual self, he was well groomed, something that he always pride himself in, and full of positivity.
The community and people of Black Rock shall miss our son-of-the-soil. St Michael North West has lost a truly grassroots man who did great credit to his nation. The country has lost a national treasure, a cultural icon and the ‘godfather of Bajan entertainment’.
We, the people of St Michael North West, shall never forget you, Richard. Rest easy! Condolences to his son Kevin and all of his family & friends. (PR)