by STAFF WRITER
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Dec 12, CMC – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Monday paid tribute to the late James Ronald Webster, the first Chief Minister of Anguilla, who died last Thursday.
Chief Minister Victor Banks spoke in a radio broadcast said that island is in a state of sadness.
He said that it is especially sad that Webster, 90, died on the eve on the 50th anniversary of the Anguilla Revolution and that he would not be able to the many accolades that he will be given.
“Today everyone in Anguilla unites to remember the ‘Father of the Nation’, Mr James Ronald Webster, who has sadly passed away. Mr Webster, Anguilla’s first Chief Minister, played a pivotal role in the revolution, stepping up with courage to lead his people to a brighter, better future. He demonstrated how, through force of character, nations can be formed and grow through peaceful, purposeful actions.
“That by coming together, and looking to the future with common intent and for the good of all, fairness and opportunity can prevail .My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Webster, his family and friends, and all those who mourn his passing today,” said Governor Christina Scott
OECS Director General Dr. Didicus Jules described Webster as a revolutionary leader and that the region has lost a great son whose courage and commitment to the people of Anguilla will not be forgotten.
“James Ronald Webster will always be remembered for his spirited leadership and historic role in the Anguilla Revolution. “His unwavering determination toward the betterment of Anguilla, despite many obstacles, earned him the affectionate title ‘Father of the Nation.’ We mourn this loss with the nation of Anguilla and extend our deepest sympathy to his family,” Jules said.
Webster was a recipient of the Anguilla Badge of Honour and Queen’s Certificate for his contribution to the Anguilla Revolution.
As a mark of respect, flags at the OECS Commission are being flown at half-mast Monday.