Former politician, cricket administrator, Dr Alloy Lequay, dies


The former leader of government business in Parliament and cricket administrator, Dr. Alloy Lequay has died (File photo)

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday March 17, 2015, CMC – The former leader of government business in Parliament and cricket administrator, Dr. Alloy Lequay has died. He was 90 years old.

Lequay, who entered Parliament in 1966 as the parliamentary representative for South Naparima, served as leader of government business in 1986 when the National Alliance for reconstruction (NAR) ended 30 unbroken years of rule by the People’s National Movement (PNM).

The former secretary of the now defunct Democratic Labour Party (DLP), was also a founding member of the Congress of the people (COP), a member of the four-party coalition People’s Partnership government.

“He served his nation with great devotion in his various positions–politics, sport and social services.

“Alloy developed a reputation of being reliable and helpful. His loss is felt deep in our hearts. His dreams will continue to inspire us and his deeds to ‘fix our politics’ will always be remembered,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, another founding COP member.

COP leader Prakash Ramadhar said his “passing takes on an added significance as he was one of COP’s founding members who worked tirelessly to ensure COP’s early growth and development”.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said the country “bids farewell to one of our truest sons of the soil. Mr. Lequay dedicated his entire life to service, serving not only his country but the region.

“It is a real inspiration to have witnessed someone give his very best and then give even more. Mr. Lequay personified selflessness and service, he was an illustration of hard work and dedication and his legacy will continue to motivate us all,” she added.

Lequay, who was conferred with a national award, the Chaconia Gold Medal, in 1988, was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The former president and chief executive officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) died at his home in Preysal, south of here on Sunday.

He leaves to mourn his wife wife Sheriffa Mohammed. They had no children.

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