Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell has been at the forefront of tributes in Grenada following the passing of the mother of the island’s only Olympic gold medalist, Kirani James.
Within hours of the death, the Prime Minister extended deepest sympathy on behalf of the government and people of Grenada to the James family on the passing of Pamela James,
Dr. Mitchell referred to Kirani’s mother as a “humble and wonderful person”.
The statement said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of her sudden passing and the nation mourns with the entire family, particularly with Kirani, who, through the years, has been an immense source of pride and joy for our people.
“Just as we stood by his side in celebration of joyous moments, we stand with Kirani in his period of loss, and we offer our prayers and support to him and the rest of the family.
“In her relatively short life, Aunty Pam as she was affectionately called, contributed significantly to the community of Gouyave, and to the wider nation. She gave us Kirani who we treasure dearly as our Olympic gold medalist and for that, she will always be remembered and cherished.
“The warmth and heart of this nation embraces the entire family in this moment of sadness and we pray that you find comfort in the many precious memories you hold dearly. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
The main opposition Congress party also issued the following statement on the death of Kirani’s mother:
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the People of Grenada are deeply saddened by the passing of Sister Annie James, mother of our Olympian and World Champion Athlete Kirani James. A mother is irreplaceable since nothing can compare with a mother’s love. We must take comfort in knowing that she has transcended to a better place in the arms of our Lord.
“Sister Annie has played a foundational role in the history of Grenada by giving the country her son Kirani. Her contribution to his personal and professional success is well known and is a manifestation of the tremendous qualities she possessed. Her passing is a tremendous loss to her family, the people of Gouyave and the entire country”.
The NDC extends its deepest condolences to Kirani and the family and friends of Sister Annie James. She will be truly missed and we stand by your side in this moment of bereavement.