Energy Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan says veteran journalist Keith Smith's "unique" style will be missed. The minister made the comment yesterday as she expressed condolences to Smith's family. He died on Tuesday after a battle with prostate cancer. The former Express editor-at-large died at the age of 65 after celebrating some 45 years in journalism. Seepersad-Bachan. who paid tribute to him while addressing the inauguration of the Air Liquide air separation plant, Caribbean Drive, Point Lisas, said:
"I will certainly miss his entertaining and penetrating commentaries on national issues.
MATT: He was an institution
The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT), in a news release, said it joined the rest of the national community in celebrating the life and mourning the death of Keith Smith, who has left an indelible mark on local journalism. The statement said: "Keith became a national institution who was treasured for his wit and his down-to-earth wisdom.
"Over the years, he conducted in his column a seemingly offhand but shrewd and searching examination of the threads that make up the fabric of everyday life in Trinidad and Tobago." It said Keith's column was his most popular work and his greatest achievement but as an editor he shared the mastery of his craft he had gained over four decades of experience.