Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2023. 6:42 am CST.
By Horace Palacio: The Bahamas is in mourning following the unexpected death of Cabinet Minister Obediah Wilchcombe at the age of 65.
According to Caribbean Loop News, crowds have convened outside Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, expressing their grief over the sudden death of the politician.
The Office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas officially announced Wilchcombe’s passing yesterday. Wilchcombe had a distinguished tenure in his roles as Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting and, most notably, as Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly.
The official statement paid homage to Minister Wilchcombe’s unwavering dedication to the Bahamian people, underlining his remarkable contributions to the nation throughout his lifetime.
In a show of respect and solidarity, Prime Minister Philip Edward Davis has traveled to Grand Bahama, extending his condolences to the Wilchcombe family in person.
In the wake of this loss, tributes from various political corners have poured in. Former PM of Bahamas and current Member of Parliament for Killarney, Dr. Hubert Minnis, expressed his heartfelt condolences to all close to the late minister.
In his statement, Minnis remarked, “Obediah Wilchcombe served our nation with an unwavering dedication and passion. His passing is not just a loss for his loved ones, but a profound loss for our entire nation.”
It was highlighted that Minister Wilchcombe, always the dedicated public servant, consistently worked towards the enhancement of Bahamian lives. He initially made waves in the field of broadcast and journalism before transitioning to a pivotal role as a Member of Parliament and eventually as a Cabinet Minister.
May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
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