Former Montserrat Chief Minister dies

BRADES, Montserrat: Former Chief Minister of Montserrat John Osborne has died at the age of 74.

His daughter, Shirley Osborne, issued a statement from the family that did not reveal the cause of death, but stated that he died peacefully on Sunday morning at a hospital in the United States.

“We have lost the irreplaceable centre of our family and an incomparable presence in all our lives, but his wisdom, courage and irrepressible spirit will live with us forever,” the statement said.

Osborne had been in hospital in Boston for the past several months.

As of press time, plans for his burial have not been released. However he will be honoured with a full state funeral.

Osborne was Montserrat’s longest serving statesman with a career that spanned 38 years in the Legislative Council.

He first became chief minister in 1978 as a member of the People’s Liberation Movement and continued until losing the elections in 1991. He went on to serve again as chief minister from April 5, 2001 until June 3, 2006, when he resigned after his party lost the elections.

Osborne retired from active politics in 2009.

In November that year, he was honoured for his years of service as a politician and member of the Legislative Council.

In 2005, Gerald’s Airport in Montserrat was renamed the John A. Osborne Airport in tribute to his legacy of service.

Osborne is survived by his wife and several children, including Parliamentary Secretary David Osborne.


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