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Grenada PM praises his predecessor, Ben Jones

Thursday, February 24, 2005

ST. GEORGES, Grenada: Referring to the late Ben Jones “as a friend to all and a mentor to many,” Prime Minister of Grenada  Keith Mitchell has called on citizens to rejoice in a life of “dedicated service.”

In delivering a tribute at the State funeral for the former Prime Minister, Prime Minister Mitchell made reference to the ability of the late Mr. Jones to “communicate with understanding.”

“Since he entered the political arena in 1967, his wisdom and experience influenced the careers of many parliamentarians, no matter what political affiliation they may have had. He certainly left a lasting impression on all. During his entire public life and later, he exercised a level of dignity and integrity that is not easily surpassed. He understood clearly that there would be differences among people and though he may not have agreed with certain sentiments or outlooks he did not allow these to dictate his feelings. He preferred negotiations and solutions to confrontation,” the Prime Minister said.

In extending sincere condolences to the family members and close friends of the late Ben Jones, on behalf of the Government of Grenada, Prime Minister Mitchell said the entire Nation “bids farewell to a son of the soil who lived his life with dignity and understanding.” 

Condolence messages for the Government of Grenada and the family of the late Ben Jones have been forwarded from the Caribbean Region and beyond to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in St. George’s. Messages were received from Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadians, Jamaica, Colombia, the Netherlands, Japan and the European Union.

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