JAMAICA | Antigua’s Lester Bird dies at 83, PNP sends condolences

JAMAICA | Antigua’s Lester Bird dies at 83, PNP sends condolences

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 9, 2021: The People’s National Party (PNP) of Jamaica has extended condolences to the people of Antigua and Barbuda on the passing of their second Prime Minister and National Hero, Sir Lester Bird who died this morning. 

The Office of the Prime Minister of Antogua and Barbuda,  in making the announcement, said Sir Lester died at 6:00 this morning.

Sir Lester served as Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister between 1994 and 2004.  He also served earlier in several Ministerial positions including Tourism and Economic Development.

A release from the PNP said “We extend our condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Sir Lester as they mourn this significant loss.”

Bird, one of the Regions most legendary and colourful politicians,  served as Antigua and Barbuda’s second Prime Minister from 1994 to 2004. He passed away at age 83 but will be remembered as a National Hero with an unparalleled legacy of achievement. 

According to the PNP, he worked tirelessly to modernize the Antiguan state, making it an attractive destination for tourism and loosening its dependence on colonial industries like sugar.

“The impact he had on the lives of Antigua and Barbuda’s citizens was evidently profound, and extends into the region. He will be remembered fondly for his advocacy for small island developing states (SIDs) at the United Nations, and internationally, for his commitment to regionalism in the fight for greater development,the PNP noted.

PNP President Mark J. Golding shared his memory of Sir Lester Bird. “A towering statesman, Sir Lester was an iconic regional figure of the era in which he served.”

Sir Lester Bird, the People’s National Party salutes you and thanks you for your life’s work. May he Rest in Peace.

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