ROSEAU, Dominica, Tuesday June 2, 2015 – Dominica’s sixth president Dr Nicholas Liverpool has died.
The 80-year-old passed away yesterday in Miami where he had been receiving medical treatment.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Liverpool’s death has robbed the country of “a most revered ambassador for and of this country”.
Liverpool served as president from October 2003 to September 2012.
I express condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the late Dr. Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool…. http://t.co/gIpJxPekOg
— Roosevelt Skerrit (@SkerritR) June 1, 2015
“Just over six months ago the nation gathered enmasse to salute and celebrate the life and times of Dr. Nicholas Liverpool. We recognized then, as we do now, that this was a Dominican of extraordinary talent and achievement; yet a humble gentleman who had a moment and a listening ear for everyone with whom he came into contact,” Skerritt wrote on his Facebook page.
He said all flags in Dominica would be flown as half mast from today until the day after Liverpool’s burial.
President Nicholas Liverpool has died and I’m heartbroken.He was a real Caribbean icon proud son of Dominica dear friend to justice+poor RIP
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandQC) June 2, 2015
He was a good man and I am honored he handed the constitution of Dominica as well as a book he wrote whilst… http://t.co/CVzq2HMyly
— Marcia Baptiste (@Reddmb) June 1, 2015
The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) also paid tribute to Liverpool, saying that he “served Dominica with distinction on many fronts”.
Expressing condolences to his family, the party said: “While the sense of loss and grief may be at times overwhelming, may they find solace in the fact that the name of their husband, father and friend has been indelibly marked in the history books of our island state.”