PREYSAL: Dr. Alloy Lequay, the former leader of government business in Parliament and cricket administrator, has died at the age of 90.
Dr. Lequay, a former president and chief executive officer of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) died at his home in Preysal, southeast of Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
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,” said Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Dookeran. “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.”
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. (He) 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. (He) personified selflessness and service, he was an illustration of hard work and dedication and his legacy will continue to motivate us all,” she said.
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.
He is survived by his wife, Sheriffa Mohammed. They had no children.