Tributes pour in for former Finance Secretary Dr Anselm London
Tributes continue to pour in for former Councillor and former Finance and Enterprise Development Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly Dr Anselm London.
He passed away of stomach cancer on Tuesday morning, three days after he celebrated his 74 birthday on February 2, at his Ottawa, Canada home.
He was ailing for some time.
Tobago Council of the People's National Movement (PNM) extended condolences to Dr London's family and friends on Tuesday evening.
" The Council ...stands ready to support or comfort to the family and loved ones of Dr London in their time of need," the PNM said.
Presiding Officer of the Tobago House of Assembly Dr Denise Tsoiafatt- Angus released a statement on the former Councillor's passing.
She quoted one of his famous lines: “The seeds that we sow today will blossom into a bright and prosperous future for Tobago” and said he "shared his hope that people’s ingenuity in Tobago would lead to a flourishing island economy."
She added: "He worked on strategies to strengthen the economy and in 2008 he laid a statement in the Assembly Legislature titled Economic Diversification and the Tobago Economy."
To his family, she said: "( We) hope that your fond memory of him brings you comfort in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace."
Dr London served in the THA for more than a decade. He was appointed to the Assembly Legislature on February 1, 2001, and served until January 23, 2013.
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On Wednesday morning Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles also mourned the loss of the former Secretary.
A statement from his office said he "is saddened by the passing of Dr London and expresses condolences to his family and close friends on his passing."
He also offered prayers to the family on behalf of the Executive Council, Tobago House of Assembly and Tobagonians.
In paying tribute, he said the former Councillor worked to improve Tobago's economy.
“Dr London was one of the sharpest financial minds to have served the Tobago House of Assembly in this current formation... he was also passionate about Tobago and the progress of the people of Tobago...."
"Dr London’s experience and impact go far beyond the shores of Tobago and as such, not only has Tobago lost a son of the soil but the world has lost a great contributor to the Finance and Economy sector," the statement added.