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Manning a humble man—constituents

Published: 
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Executive member of the PNM's Tabaquite constituency Women’s League, Barbara Garcia, signs a condolence book during a memorial service at the constituency office in Gasparillo on Tuesday night.

Former prime minister Patrick Manning was remembered as a humble visionary during a memorial prayer service at the People’s National Movement’s Tabaquite constituency office in Gasparillo on Tuesday night.

Manning died on July 2 after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at San Fernando General Hospital. He was 69.

Many members of the ruling party signed the condolence book, held candles, observed a minute’s silence, sang hymns and paid glowing tribute to him during the service.

Chairman of the Tabaquite Women’s League of the PNM, Khandice Bramble, said she was “blown away” by Manning’s humility, saying she was “eternally grateful for his humble and visionary leadership” as prime minister and leader of the party. Bramble said many citizens were unable to understand his vision initially, but were now benefitting from it.

She said she was thankful to Manning for assisting her and others in obtaining their education, adding additional programmes like HYPE and MUST were two initiatives which also benefitted the young people of T&T over the years.

PRO of the constituency’s Women’s League, Cossil Williams, said Manning was “different” and did it his way. She said Manning lifted the international image of T&T while serving as prime minister, adding that he was “a strong leader.”

Williams said she remembered Manning as a man who love to attend parties, where he enjoyed dancing to music by Joey Lewis’ orchestra and other live bands. She also said she remembered Manning for attending the Southern Games at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre. She said Manning rode his bicycle from San Fernando to attend the event a few miles away.

Williams said it was sad that Manning was not given the appropriate recognition for his contribution to the development of this country, especially after he fell sick.

According to Williams, Manning served to the best of his ability as prime minister and did what he felt was best for the nation.  She said the citizens were now reaping the benefits of his service.

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