UWP mourns the death of stalwart, Louis George

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UWP mourns the death of stalwart, Louis George

The United Workers Party (UWP) mourns the passing of one of its most devoted stalwarts Louis George who passed away on the morning of Thursday, January 2, 2014.

He was a loyal friend and political colleague of the UWP’s founder Sir John Compton and together they represented the constituencies of Micoud North and Micoud South, respectively.

Louis George devoted much of his life to the service of his country as a parliamentarian and as minister with responsible for education, culture and labour.

George had the distinction of being the only successful candidate of the United Workers Party in the 1997 general election following the retirement of Sir John Compton as leader. He would then serve as the leader of the opposition in parliament for five years.

Before entering the arena of active politics, George held a senior position at Geest Industries in Saint Lucia and operated a successful farm in Micoud.

His political colleagues remember him as a man who was polite, dignified and reserved, he always comported himself as a “political gentleman” who refused to descend to the lower levels of politics.

He always expressed himself in a refined manner even when disagreeing vehemently with his political opponents. One such colleague has described George as a man of principle and courage and recalls an incident wherein he supported hotel workers in a dispute with a leading hotel establishment, publicly calling on the hotel to offer better jobs to Saint Lucian workers.

The United Workers Party recognizes and salutes the contribution which George made to the party and his people and his country. His efforts and achievements in education have left an indelible mark on the political landscape of Saint Lucia.

The UWP extends its sincerest condolences to George’s family, friends and the constituents of Micoud North.

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