Elford Henry

A very positive individual and faithful member of the (Dominica) Labour Party – that’s the tag former Trade Minister NAN Ducreay is putting on the late Elford Henry who passed away on Friday morning at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

“He stood with the Labour party throughout the years, he was very articulate, he was very competent, and he was a person who could be relied upon – he was honest and straightforward,” the elderly Ducreay said of Henry.

According to the former trade minister, Elford Henry has left “some kind of footprint” in the sands of time.

He also rated Henry highly as a politician who tried hard to fulfill his promises.

Attorney Henry Dyer, himself a former parliamentarian, described Elford Henry as “very honest, committed, hardworking” and someone who made a sterling contribution.

“He was a committed Dominican, we have lost a good man,” Dyer told Dominica News Online.

Referring to his legacy, attorney/politician Dyer said Henry made a significant mark in agriculture and was a “true patriotic Dominican”.

Elford Henry was not in parliament at the time Social worker Neva Edwards served as Speaker of the House.

But she remembers him as “a good person in local government, a good citizen who worked for the benefit of his country, in social and other areas of development”.

The former Speaker told DNO that Dominica had lost an individual who had a great deal of knowledge especially in the areas of local government and agriculture, and that she hope he had been able to pass on some of that knowledge.

In addition to having been a parliamentarian, Henry served as chairman of the Banana Industry Trust, was a member of the Board of Directors of the AID Bank, and a former operations manager at the then Dominic Banana Marketing Corporations.

He served as parliamentary representative for Wesley for a number of years.

He was also able to boast of having his hand directly in the soil as an active farmer