In a media release yesterday, the Tobago House of Assembly and the people of Tobago extended sincerest condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning.

The Tobago House of Assembly noted Mr. Manning’s long service to the nation, stating that at the end of his last term as a parliamentarian, Mr. Manning would have served this country as a Member of Parliament for an unprecedented and uninterrupted 44 years.

The Assembly also stated that in four terms as prime minister, Mr. Manning made significant contributions to the development of Trinidad and Tobago, including providing free tertiary education for this country’s students.

Orville London

Orville London

Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London remembered Mr. Manning “as a visionary who displayed the courage and commitment to translate his vision into reality.”

London noted that Mr. Manning had a deep love for Trinidad and Tobago and served the people of this country for the greater part of his life, he was passionate and dedicated to taking this country to developed status, and, even when his health deteriorated, Mr Manning was eager to continue his service.”

London also stated that Mr Manning’s passing is a great loss to our country as well as the region, where Mr. manning made his mark not only in his stint as Caricom chairman in 2006, but also as a leader of substance, who had an unwavering commitment to Caribbean integration.

Mr London ended by extending his deepest condolences to the Manning family on their loss, and to Trinidad and Tobago, which, he said, has lost an outstanding son.