LEADER of the opposition Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has paid tribute to party member Martin “Bob” Phulchere who has passed away.
In a statement this week Prudent said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Chairman, Martin “Bob” Phulchere. His dedication to the ideals of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) will forever live in our collective memories.
“His love of country was never in dispute, and it was this passion for a better Saint Lucia that moved him to take a courageous stand and be counted.
“While he did not live long enough to witness the true transformation of our country into one where our leaders placed the interest of the citizens of Saint Lucia above their narrow desire for political opportunism and self aggrandizement, rest assured that the journey we began on August 22, 2010, will never be abandoned.
“In fact, the battles we have fought were never about ourselves but was defined instead by the courage we displayed (in offering a voice to a minority who desired real change) against a mighty and entrenched political establishment which has refused to acknowledge the perils facing our nation and that political diversity is an assert and not a defaming of our electoral process.
“The children of Gros Islet and Saint Lucia will miss him immensely for all he has done to brighten their lives. From the many Christmas parties, the community movie nights, his help in delivering hundreds of free backpacks and school supplies, the community concerts and many other social activities, will forever remain a part of their childhood memories.
“Finally, while our hearts are filled with pain, and our tears fall like torrents of rain, we are comforted by his unselfish example of team work which he so eloquently taught us.
“To his biological family, we wish to extend our sincere condolences and pray that they be comforted during this moment of immense grief”.