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Friday 20 October 2017
Letters to the Editor

Clive Pantin a great loss

THE EDITOR: The nation has certainly suffered a great loss with the passing of Clive Pantin. He has been a tremendous statesman, leader, politician, philanthropist, friend and, most certainly, a humanitarian leader. Pantin showed the way in many spheres including education, politics and family relationships.

As a past principal of a primary school, I remember vividly how Pantin, as minister of education, humbly accepted our invitation to visit the school and although he was a very busy man with many planned engagements he took the time to speak with the administration, the entire school assembly and then visited each class and teacher and spoke with each one for a short time.

His approach was very humble, friendly and relaxing. Many teachers later told me they did not expected the minister to be so nice and helpful. Those who had armed themselves with a barrage of complaints about school conditions and salary issues were totally disarmed by the time Pantin reached their classrooms.

The establishment of the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life, an organisation established under his stewardship to assist the poor and needy and less fortunate in our society, speaks volumes about the character and kindness of this man. He showed great compassion and caring for his fellow men.

Condolences to the bereaved family and may he be rewarded immensely for his efforts in the hereafter.

WKS HOSEIN, Chaguanas

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