Former Dominica Freedom Party senator passes

The late Swanson Carbon (r) with Former DFP leader, Judith Pestaina
The late Swanson Carbon (r) with Former DFP leader, Judith Pestaina

Former Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) senator, Swanston Carbon, has died.

The 68 year-old Carbon who, according to information reaching Dominica News Online (DNO), underwent surgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital about a week ago, passed away at the hospital on Sunday morning. No details are available about the specific cause of his death.

Carbon was a long standing member of the DFP and served as a government senator in the Dame Eugenia Charles administration during the period 1980 – 1995.

“Swanston was a straight forward individual who said it just as he saw it; an honest person, dependable and committed, ” says Carbon’s former  DFP colleague and fellow senator, Alvin Knight. “When Swanston told you he was going to do something, you could expect it to be done,” he noted.

Knight also said that Carbon was a very community minded and deeply spiritual person citing his long involvement in the Jaycees of Dominica as member and president and his active participation in the administration of his catholic church at Loubiere and by extension, the Fatima parish.

At the time of his death, he was still a very active member of the DFP.

The former Wall House resident is survived by his wife and five children.

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    September 2, 2014

    Sewansee stood his ground and stood for righteousness and truth. He never gave up, just so patriotic and genuine an individual. Hardworking? that’s an understatement, never heard of him having had a holiday, for years I knew this man working hard and genuinely working hard and loved what he did. Never retired and went to his grave working for the love of it and his family. Swansee, your love and life will be remembered for sa long time. We will miss your intelligent contributions to those truth for power programs

    September 2, 2014

    There are a lot of stupid political comments on the deaf of Mr. Carbon like people don’t have to die….. in other countries that got state of the art hospitals people die every day by the hundreds. When it your time to go no one can stop it take a look at Joan Rivers she is kept alive on machines after surgery in NY she have the money to get the best treatment the hospital is graded in the top 10 in the USA. My God if our health care system was so bad Dominica should only have 20,000 people because they would be dying like flies get a grip on life and thank God for small mercies.

    • The Facts
      September 3, 2014

      Joan Rivers’ family said they will sue “the first doctor” Joan saw prior to being admitted to the hospital. She had cardiac arrest. She is on life support. They are deciding about that. Her family is asking for prayers. Her time may be near to vacate the world. There is nothing one can do about that.
      She is 81 years of age. She has lived 3 score and 10 and 11 years. God has given her that many years. Some were not that lucky and to be as popular and rich as she is. All in all she has lived a good life with whatever obstacles and struggles she experienced.

  3. Just a FREEDOMITE
    September 1, 2014

    Well he served as a Senator in the House of Assembly… Will he be given an Official Funeral like the Pentecostal Bishop… Skerrit on an Official Burial election campaign gimmick… so the classic FREEDOMITES and the LAGAHOO GREEDOMITES will now come together as a result of Swanston Carbon passing, may his good soul rest in peace… Hope Charlo and Skerro call for a day of morning…… You know Charlo and Skerro were FREEDOMITES TOO… LMAO, TRAITORS :lol: :lol: :lol:

  4. Gasparo Contarini
    September 1, 2014

    I blame Skerrit, RIP Swanson, i will miss you, you cannot spend so much money on a state palace without thinking about the welfare of your citizens and the sad irony is those responsible for the hospital go to martnique when they sick, like the joking karl fella, the president and timothy.

    • The Facts
      September 3, 2014

      People are responsible for themselves to take care of their health. They work and sometimes too hard. How well do they take care of themselves to eat and live nutritiously?
      It is said that he was very active and probably too much. This type of life could put a strain on the health. They are so active that they do not have time to take care of themselves.
      Then again, our days are counted. God knows how long we will live and when we will die. Therefore, cease your ignorant words about blaming the PM. How silly can some of you be to blame him for everything. You are not fair. God will hold you accountable for that.

  5. Dominican
    September 1, 2014

    RIP condolences to the entire family and friends.

  6. jlee
    September 1, 2014

    I’m in total support with Facts. Why must death be in politics? On another note R.I.P. Mr. Carbon , a stalwart of the DFP. Condolences to wife and children.

  7. tc
    September 1, 2014

    It is with sadness I received the news of the passing of Mr Carbon a man who stood for principle, a man who was community minded , a man who had great technical knowledge and was willing to share it . Thank you for the advise you gave on how to about setting up and running a business. To the family lean on the strong arms of God he is able to keep you .

  8. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 1, 2014

    I hope skerro happy for his state palace before a hospital R.I.P Mr. Carbon and Condolences to his family and friends

  9. Anonymous
    September 1, 2014

    We are all on borrowed time. Only God knows the true soul of man and what is in a person heart. The only thing we all know is that we must die and whenever God says it is time, no matter what or who we are; we must go. What God sees and what we see could be totally different.

    We cannot tell God, wait I am not ready. Only God decides when we must go under any circumstance.

    I pray when it is time for me to go, and go I must, I will have ask God to wash away my sins and forgive my trespasses.

    When someone dies their loved ones are in pain and will miss them. My Sympathy to the family of the deceased. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

    • ok
      September 1, 2014

      “We cannot tell God, wait I am not ready. Only God decides when we must go under any circumstance”

      Where in the bible have you seen that God is responsible for death? We call him loving and kind and impartial and he gave his only son that we may have eternal life after Adam and Eve sinned, yet still we blame our God for everything that goes wrong in the world, death is due to imperfection we inherited from our first parents sins

      Gen 3:1-5
      James 1:13
      John 3:16

      Death is our enemy and has nothing to do with God telling you it is your time

  10. by the school
    September 1, 2014

    Requiestat In Pace.

    That Swanston has passed is sobering and I offer his family my sincere condolences. He was a politician of the old breed…ethical, selfless, patriotic. The ranks of that breed of politician are becoming thinner and thinner, and Dominica the poorer.

  11. Dominica Jaycees
    September 1, 2014

    RIP Comrade. Thanks for your Service and Contribution to the Dominica Jaycees. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  12. labar dabar
    September 1, 2014

    my condolences to Carinthia and little kitty, he was one honorable man who said it as he saw it and brought knowledge to those of us who never took time out to research. RIP honorable Carbon.

  13. anonymous2
    September 1, 2014

    We certainly more people like this gentleman in DA, especially now. Bring back the Freedom Party. Condolences to the family.

  14. Herbert Sabaroche
    September 1, 2014

    This news is so devastating! My sincere and deepest condolences to the family, friends and others like me who will feel the loss of such a genuine Dominican patriot, Freedomite and man among men of integrity, May your soul rest in peace with the Almighty.

  15. Vincentian
    September 1, 2014

    A very good man. Hard working entrepreneur. You will be missed Sir.

  16. J John-Charles
    August 31, 2014

    As a fellow Freedomite I am really sad. We said hi to each other just 5 weeks ago while in DA.It is so important to trust the Lord Jesus Christ while we have the breath of life,so that when we die our friends and relatives will not wish we RIP but will write.” I know his or her soul is RESTING IN PEACE because he or she got saved before death.”

  17. ohh
    August 31, 2014

    So unfortunate !!! May the soul of a great friend and Dominican Rest In Peace in Jesus Christ.

  18. peepiing
    August 31, 2014

    I share the pain and sorrow with the family. He was very friendly and straight forward person like his mother Sister Zabelta Davis. May God;s peace go with the family. Sister Zabs be strong and courageous. We love you

  19. The Facts
    August 31, 2014

    My sincere sympathy to his wife, children, other members of his family including his friends, political and non-political, all others who knew him and will greatly miss him. The passing of a loved one is difficult to bear. May God provide you with strength to bear his loss.
    God saw your work on earth was completed. Therefore, He said to you: “Come and rest from your works.”
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen!
    May his soul and other souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!

  20. Helas!!!
    August 31, 2014

    my condolenses to the family and friends with dominica by extention.

    mr. pm lets take care of the funeral

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2014

      Ou pa feb!

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2014

      That is a given. ALL past parliamentarians are entitled and do get an official funeral

  21. Delaware Dominican.
    August 31, 2014

    My condolences to the wife,and family of mr carbon, especially his brother Loftus.

  22. August 31, 2014

    My condolences to the family. Thank you for allowing him to serve our country. R.I.P.

  23. August 31, 2014

    may god be with you mister carbon rest in peace sir.

  24. Kar
    August 31, 2014

    Sincere condolences to the family if Mr Carbon

  25. Chris Parillon
    August 31, 2014

    Sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Swanson Carbon. May The Lord comfort and strengthen you as you mourn the loss of your love one. From Ferdinand & Christine Parillon and family.

  26. Time
    August 31, 2014

    We are all just passing through…while we are here, let us do unto others as we would have them do unto us to truly make this world a better place .

  27. Raglan Riviere
    August 31, 2014

    Rest in peace, Swanston. Condolences to the bereaved family. Rest assured that Dominica is better off with your very positive contributions to your very end.

    You will be remembered.

  28. Jail-corrupt-leaders
    August 31, 2014

    Skerrit will lose the election

    • The Facts
      August 31, 2014

      Why was your comment allowed? Where does it fit in, in this article and comments? It makes no sense whatsoever and obviously serves no useful purpose.

    • September 2, 2014

      Get a life,,you have dishes to wash,clothes to wash,house to clean and alot more…

  29. Rita
    August 31, 2014

    My condolences to the entire Carbon family , He wii be missed by all those who knew him ,
    I remember the days when we used to go to the freedom party convention meetings , Nice man . R ,I , P

  30. Frederick Baron
    August 31, 2014

    Sincere sympathies to the family of Mr Carbon. A true patriot and no nonsense man. God speed to you.

  31. ME ME
    August 31, 2014

    Condolences to the Carbon Family. Sad to hear the news. Trust in the Lord and he will see you through.
    RIP Mr Carbon

  32. Dcan in Bklyn
    August 31, 2014

    R.I.P Mr. Carbon and Condolences to his family and friends

  33. Darroux
    August 31, 2014

    RIP Mr. Carbon my older sister worked for him for many years .. may his soul rest in Peace

  34. Disgusted
    August 31, 2014

    sincere sympathies corine ad family

  35. August 31, 2014

    R. I. P. True Patriot True Stalwart He enriched the Political life of this country.

  36. truth.
    August 31, 2014

    My condolences to the family, may his soul rest in peace. He was indeed a good man.

  37. Goodwill
    August 31, 2014

    Condolences to Corinthia and his children and entire family. Swanston’s lived I life of service to country, community, and to his church. A committed family and community man. RIP. Swanston’s. We will miss you at the Holy Spirit Chapel, Loubiere and at Wall House.

  38. officer Etienne
    August 31, 2014

    My sincere condolences to his wife & children.RIP and thank you for your service and support

  39. officer Etienne
    August 31, 2014


  40. martinee
    August 31, 2014

    My condolences to the family of Mr Carbon especially His wife Corinthia

  41. Bojangles
    August 31, 2014

    Dominica has lost another favourite son. It was always refreshing & inspiring to on the Freedom Party’s Wednesday evening program a few years ago.
    May his soul rest in peace, Dominica will not be the same without him.

  42. Loubiere
    August 31, 2014

    My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Carbon and Kitawani and the rest of the children. I pray that God will give you the comfort you need.

  43. Anonymous
    August 31, 2014

    may his memory stay with us

  44. Dominica for life
    August 31, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Carbon family. What a great individual indeed. The DFP just lost another true Dominican who stand for justice in Dominica. To bad all of the good people in Dominica politics are leaving us so soon. Heaven must be for real, because Dominica current Government and opposition is just like hell.

    • The Facts
      August 31, 2014

      Heaven is for real. Indeed! Of course, you are aware of that. He now knows it better than those whom he predeceased.

      Heaven Is The Best Bargain

      When faced with a mountain, I will not quit. I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath, or simply persevere and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with the help of God!

      Heaven is always a bargain . . . . no matter what it costs!

      And so this is what this faithful one did, for Church, for his work and the Dominican society on the whole. He is resting from his mortal and spiritual good works. He has gone to his eternal reward. RIP.

  45. Freedomite
    August 31, 2014

    Condolences to the wife, children and relatives of a True Patriot of Dominica.
    A great man has passed on.

  46. Wall House neighbour
    August 31, 2014

    A true Christian in the real sense of the word.

    The Holy Spirit Church in Loubiere and by extension the Fatima Parish has lost a stalwart.

    The nation will miss a kind, loving, giving, patient, understanding, generous, service and community oriented personality.

    Neighbours, friends, families, strangers will miss him a lot.

    Personally, I will miss him sincerely and severely.

  47. Not Me Alone
    August 31, 2014

    Wow, How sad! As a former strong supporter of the then DLP, I got to know Swanston as a real humble and honest person. I heard his voice just about two weeks ago when he called one of the talk show programs on Q95 and I was so happy to hear his honest voice and his commitment to honesty in government. RIP Swanston, and my condolences to the entire family of Mr. Carbon and the DFP family that have remained committed to the cause of good governance and will stand against corruption.

  48. How sad
    August 31, 2014

    It’s heartbreaking to receive this sad news. He will truely be missed by many. To wife and children, “hold on” God is your comforter.

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  50. lester
    August 31, 2014

    My condolences goes out to the family and friends of the late Mr.S. Carbon,may his soul rest in peace

  51. past neighbour
    August 31, 2014

    A very good Man indeed. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family.

  52. Raphael J.A. Joseph
    August 31, 2014

    My sincere condolences to his wife & children.
    Our Holy Spirit Chapel at Loubiere has surely lost a staunch believer! May his soul rest in peace.

  53. Pittsburgh Dominican
    August 31, 2014

    RIP and thank you for your service to the nation.

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