Former president Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson, who once told Trinidad and Tobago that he was committed “with everything I have or shall have to the future of this land,” has died. He was 87.
Robinson, the only person to have served as both head of state and prime minister died Wednesday at the private St. Clair Medical Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where he had been a patient since March 8.
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin La Rocque, said despite the fact that the region knew of his illness and hospitalization, “his passing…still came as a shock.
“The Caribbean Community has lost one of its truly great sons who will always be remembered for his historic role at the landmark Grand Anse Meeting in 1989, where the decision was taken to significantly deepen our integration,” La Rocque said.
The 15-member regional grouping in 1998 bestowed its highest order, “the Award of the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) on Robinson for his “distinguished service to the Caribbean region.
St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said no one can deny Robinson the accolade of statesman, saying his life was “a tireless journey in the pursuit of justice and equality for all” recalling the role he played in the formation of the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).