“A Woman For The Ages”.
Those were the words used by the Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s to describe former Cabinet Secretary, Nadica Mc Intyre who died in a Jewish hospital in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
The statement read in part: “The Government and People of Grenada mourn the passing of a stalwart, a Grenadian daughter who broke barriers in several spheres of our society”.
It referred to Mc Intyre, a prominent Roman Catholic from Grand Anse as “an outstanding mother, regional and top class sportswoman and committed Public Servant, who rose to the top-ranking post in the Public Service – Cabinet Secretary- and who did it all with dedication, loyalty, grace and style”.
Mc Intyre was plucked out from relatively obscurity in the public service following the 1995 victory at the polls of the New National Party (NNP) and handed the post of Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The government statement went on: “…We already miss you. Know that you were loved by us all. You fought the bravest fight and you kept your spirit, you kept your humour and you reminded that “miracles do happen.” You are now resting peacefully and beautifully, soaring with the Angels.
“Thank you for your service to the Government and People of Grenada, and the region. Thank you for your beautiful personality, which you shared with all of us who were blessed to know you. You have left an indelible mark on our hearts”.
According to the statement, Prime Minister Mitchell, the Cabinet of Ministers, and all the people bid farewell to “this favoured Grenadian daughter”.
Mc Intyre was the former Chief Librarian at the now defunct state-owned Radio Grenada back in the 1970’s under the then Labour party government of Eric Matthew Gairy.
She was considered a “security risk” by the left-leaning New Jewel Movement (NJM) of Maurice Bishop which overthrew Sir Eric’s government in a coup d’état on March 13, 1979 and was transferred to the mainstream of the public service.
During her stint as a public officer, Mc Intyre occupied many positions in the service including the post of Ombudsman, and Supervisor of Elections.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) also extended condolences to the family of the late high-ranking public officer following her death.
Congress statement read: “The Party Leader, National Executive and membership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) express its deepest regrets at the passing of an Outstanding Grenadian daughter, Ms. Nadica McIntyre.
“Ms. McIntyre’s dedication and commitment to Public Service in our beloved country was unparalleled and saw her serving in several Portfolios in Government, rising to the rank of Cabinet Secretary. She was also an outstanding athlete, who gave of her best, representing her country.
“NDC Leader, Senator Hon. V Nazim Burke recalled Ms. McIntyre fondly noting that, “she gave the better of her life to the Public Service, doing so with steadfastness and diligence. Her service to the nation and People of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique will undoubtedly be remembered and her legacy of excellence will live on.”
“Such were the sentiments echoed by former Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas, in his reaction to her passing when he underscored her “deep dedication to the service of her country.”
President of the NDC Women’s Arm, Jennifer Simon who was personally acquainted with McIntyre remembers her “as a strong woman of great courage and grace.”
Simon harkened back to their days of playing Netball, adding that “she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and indeed all who knew her.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her children Nisha and Terrone, her extended family and friends. May they find comfort and strength during this time. Rest In Peace Nadica McIntyre, a grateful nation thanks you!
The newly elected Executive of the Media Workers Association of Grenada MWAG) also paid the following tribute to Mc Intyre.
“The executive and members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) extend sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late Nadica Mc Intyre.
“Ms. McIntyre was a stalwart and a great example to the nation and served in many capacities including cricket, football, supervisor of elections, permanent secretary and finally as the Ombudsman of Grenada.
“She was once a media worker having worked with Radio Grenada and Radio Free Grenada.
“To our colleagues Nisha McIntyre, Trevor Thwaites and Abigail McIntyre, we offer our heartfelt condolences.
“Nadica McIntyre will surely be missed by all. Her name will remain etched in our hearts and she will be remembered for building bridges locally and regionally.
“May her soul rest in perfect peace”.
Details have not been released by the family on the funeral arrangements being made for the late Cabinet Secretary.