St. George’s Grenada, July 2nd, 2016: On behalf of the Government and People of Grenada, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell extends the most profound sympathies to the family, friends, and indeed, the People of Trinidad and Tobago, on the passing of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Patrick Manning.
Manning, who was a dear friend of Prime Minister Mitchell and the people of Grenada, passed away earlier today.
Prime Minister Mitchell, who is traveling to Trinidad today, had intended to visit Manning.
In a note to his family, Dr. Mitchell describes his departed friend as a "charismatic leader, who loved people and promoted regional unity."
The Grenadian leader also stated that he would never forget, how during one of his darkest moments as prime minister, his friend, Patrick Manning, then Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, flew to Grenada by helicopter in 2004, a day after Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Island, to be by his side.
Prime Minister Manning assured the Grenadian leader that he was there to offer support and assistance more as a friend than as Prime Minister. Manning and the people of Trinidad and Tobago rallied behind Grenada during that most difficult period, and according to PM Mitchell, "we are forever grateful to them for being steadfast friends."
We will miss this most benevolent gentleman, a visionary leader, and true friend.
May the soul of Patrick Augustus Manning rest in perfect peace.