Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has expressed sadness over the passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who died early yesterday at 70.
Arthur was the longest serving prime minister of Barbados. He served from September 6, 1994 to January 20, 1999; January 20, 1999 to May 21, 2003; and from May 21, 2003 to January 15, 2008.
“He left an indelible mark on the economic and social development of Barbados. Owen Arthur was appointed to the Barbados Senate in 1983 and was elected as a member of Parliament in 1984, where he served until 2013,” Minnis pointed out.
“As I noted in a letter of condolence to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley: This sad occasion causes us to reflect upon his remarkable life, his outstanding contributions to Barbados, the Caribbean Community and the international community. These memories will be cherished by all. His several visits to The Bahamas is also an important part of those memories.”
Minnis said Arthur “was a tremendous friend and admirer of The Bahamas”.
Owen Arthur earned a BA Degree in Economics and History and an MSc degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), he noted.
“He had a special devotion to UWI and contributed significantly to its growth and development,” the prime minister said.
“Barbados has lost a great son of the soil and the Caribbean has lost a champion of the region, which mourns his passing.
“On behalf of the government and people of The Bahamas, and on my own behalf and that of Patricia, I extend condolences to his wife, Julie; his two children, Leah and Sabrina; other family members and to the people and government of Barbados.
“Our prayers and sympathy are with his family, friends and former colleagues during this time of bereavement.”