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Sep 20, 2011

Official notes of Condolences on passing of 1st Prime Minister

Since he passed away at the Universal Health Care Partners on Monday morning, the outpouring of affection for the Father of the Nation, National Hero and Leader Emeritus of the P.U.P., has been incessant. Expressions of condolences poured in today as the country grieves the death of George Price, including one from former US President Jimmy Carter.  The national hero is being remembered all across the land and the region for his unflinching service to his Belize. News Five’s Delahnie Bain has a look at more of the tributes in honor of the iconic George Price.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Caribbean Broadcasting Union issued a release expressing sadness at Price’s passing. The CBU secretary general, Patrick Cozier is quoted as saying “His genuineness as a populist political representative and compassionate leader, is worthy of emulation by today’s leaders and his loss will be greatly felt in Belize and within the region.”

The University of the West Indies and its officials from across the region also sent condolences to Price’s family and all Belizeans in a release that read “The dedication and service of the Right Honorable George C. Price to the people and nation of Belize will be etched in the pages of history as well as in the minds and hearts of the Belizean people.”

The Belize Red Cross expressed not only sadness over Price’s death, but gratitude to the Belizean icon described in their press release as an outstanding statesman, leader and visionary. Meanwhile the Anglican Diocese said today that Time alone will continue to reveal the fuller impact of the legacy of the Right Honorable Price on the people of Belize. Yet a very grateful nation pauses at this point in time to celebrate a life lived to its potential of making a difference in the lives of others.”

Condolences also came this afternoon from the Belize Electricity Limited in statement that read “Through his unwavering commitment and selfless dedication, Mr. Price forged a new nation, gave the people of Belize an identity and directed its citizenry to continue in our nation building efforts through peace and humility; both virtues which Mr. Price exemplified throughout his life and which now form the cornerstone of Belize’s Independence.”

And while the official statement from the People’s United Party and its Leader John Briceño, was issued on Monday; the Order of Distinguished Service and the Northern Caucus sent out separate releases today. The ODS said “The Lord has called him from this earth to a better life but his spirit will remain with us as we continue to defend those things that he stood for – freedom, justice, and a better way of life.” The Northern Caucus acknowledged Price’s contribution the development of the northern districts and said that “Our nation owes the Father of the Nation a debt which can only be repaid through the continuation of his legacy…brought to life through the words he gave the People’s United Party and which he lived every day of his life – serve the people.”

This evening, tributes came in from the Embassy of Brazil and the Council of the Assemblies of God of Belize. While we can only share snippets of the many releases, the full documents can be viewed on Channel5belize.com.

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