Prime Min­is­ter on Sir Derek’s Pass­ing: “This is a Great Loss to Saint Lu­cia, a Great Loss to the World”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Gov­ern­ment and Peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia have suf­fered a great loss with the pass­ing of poet and play­wright Sir Derek Al­ton Wal­cott, KCSL, OBE, OCC. Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia Honourable Allen Chas­tanet has on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and Peo­ple ex­pressed deep­est con­do­lences to the Wal­cott fam­ily, friends and mem­bers of the lit­er­ary fra­ter­nity.

Sir Derek Wal­cott, win­ner of the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 1992, passed away on the morn­ing of March 17th, 2017 at his home in Saint Lu­cia fol­low­ing a pro­longed ill­ness.

In a state­ment to the me­dia yes­ter­day morn­ing, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet said: “To­day is a very his­tor­i­cal day with the pass­ing of Sir Derek Wal­cott. He is a house­hold name in Saint Lu­cia. When ev­ery­one speaks about ex­cel­lence and de­scribes Saint Lu­cia with any form of su­perla­tive, clearly the two names that stand tall in Saint Lu­cia’s his­tory are that of Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Wal­cott. It had be­come cus­tom­ary for us to see Sir Derek and know that he was there all the time. He made him­self so avail­able and par­tic­i­pated in so many na­tional events here in Saint Lu­cia and con­tin­ued to fly the flag very high.

“I know it is very difficult for his fam­ily right now. My deep­est sym­pa­thies go to his part­ner, Si­grid, Derek’s fam­ily and his chil­dren, and to all the peo­ple who have col­lab­o­rated with Derek over the years, par­tic­u­larly here in the Caribbean. Derek truly was a Caribbean pa­tron. He was al­ways very con­sis­tent and very emo­tional about be­ing Caribbean and original. It is a great loss to Saint Lu­cia. It is a great loss to the world.”

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet called on the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia to re­flect on what Sir Derek had given us as a peo­ple and to cel­e­brate his work.

“We can now look back on his achieve­ments which are so in­cred­i­ble,” said the Prime Min­is­ter. “He has made all Saint Lu­cians very proud and Caribbean peo­ple very proud.”

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet has or­dered that all flags in Saint Lu­cia be flown at half mast un­til Tues­day. He said that the Gov­ern­ment is in dis­cus­sions with the fam­ily and the artis­tic fra­ter­nity in Saint Lu­cia on tributes that will be paid to “this icon of a man”.

Said the Prime Min­is­ter: “It is with a heavy heart that we all ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thies and ap­pre­ci­a­tion at the same time.”

Derek Wal­cott was born on 23rd Jan­uary 1930 in Castries.

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