Statement issued by the National Democratic Congress on the passing of Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite

The Party Leader, Senator the Hon. V. Nazim Burke; National Executive and Members of the National Democratic Congress join with the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite, who passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016, after a brief illness.

Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite

Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite

He was a former NDC Party Leader who was elected Prime Minister in 1990, after winning the seat in his native Carriacou. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1991, and in 1995 received his Knighthood from the British Crown thereby becoming Sir Nicholas Brathwaite.

His contribution to the political landscape of this country has solidified his legacy of selfless service in the collective consciousness of the people he served.

Grenadians from all walks of life would recall that at the height of his career, as Regional Director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Sir Nick relinquished that post to return to Grenada to serve as Head of the Interim Government, at the behest of then Governor General Sir Paul Scoon.

It was during this time that he successfully supervised the preparations and staging of the general elections in the aftermath of the revolution.

Sir Nick also served as the President of the Carriacou Branch of the Grenadian Union of Teachers, President of the Grenada Civil Service Association and President of the Grenada Cricket Umpires Association.

He believed in Education, having spent most of his life educating the masses in one form or other; first as a primary school teacher, then as Principal, advancing to the role of tutor at the Grenada Teachers’ College, where he rose to the position of Principal in 1968.

“Uncle Nick,” as he was more fondly known had a heart for youth and their development, often spending hours on the verandah at his home overlooking Carenage, mentoring them and observing the dynamism of their interactions.

His stories of Grenada’s history were legendary, his advice invaluable. He was both a friend and staunch supporter of the National Democratic Congress. He will be sadly missed.

Party Leader, Senator the Honourable V. Nazim Burke noted that in these moments only the words of the great Caribbean poet Martin Carter could be summoned to express the nation’s sadness at the death of this great Grenadian Patriot.

“Now, from the mourning vanguard moving on dear Comrade, I salute you and I say Death will not find us thinking that we die.”

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