Vernon Shaw served with great distinction – PM Skerrit

Former president Vernon Shaw
Former president Vernon Shaw

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed condolences to the family of former president Vernon Shaw saying he has served Dominica with ‘great distinction.’

Shaw passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday morning after a period of illness.

“Our sympathies to Mrs. Shaw and the Shaw family on the passing of His Excellency, the former president, Mr. Vernon Shaw,” the prime minister said. “Mr. Shaw served with great distinction in the public service rising to the top post of the head of the public service and secretary to the cabinet.”

The prime minister said during his tenure as Dominica’s head of state, Shaw “brought a lot of seriousness to the office.”

“He always ensured that protocol was always observed in the execution of state functions,” he said.

Skerrit said the former president will received “the appropriate recognition by the state” including burial.

“The secretary to the cabinet has been deployed to his residence to speak to his wife and extend our condolences,” he said. “It’s a sad day and of course we shall fly the flags at half staff on the day of his burial.”

Shaw was sworn in as the fifth President of the Commonwealth of Dominica on October 2, 1998.  He left office on October 1, 2003.

At the time of his death he was 83 years old.

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  1. Thomas
    December 3, 2013

    Hearfelt sympathies to former First Lady Shaw and family.Mr Shaw was a great Dominican .He served his country with distinction .He was an exemplary public officer.May his soul rest in eternal peace

  2. December 3, 2013

    Deepest condolences to the Shaw family.I had the chance to meet Mr Shaw personally.He was a very friendly and down to earth man.May your soul R.I.P.

  3. peeping
    December 2, 2013

    Mr Shaw served very well. He was a very serious man and at the same time very friendly. He was my neighbor at one time and my family still remembers his friendliness, politeness and professionalism. He had a passion for the English language and the proper use of it.When it came to the English language and pronunciation of words you could not go wrong with Mr Shaw. Even when you would speak to him at times and during the conversation use a wrongly pronounce or use a word he would nicely and technically repeat the phrase or sentence using the correct words so that you could learn the right words in the process.
    His wife and daughter have that same level of professionalism. Mr Shaw you have left a legacy and a mark on our lives. We will always love and remember you. Gone but not forgotten.ay your soul rest in peace Sir. We salute you.

  4. Erasmus B. Black
    December 2, 2013

    My deepest condolences to his bereaved family.

  5. Justice and Truth
    December 2, 2013

    Sorry to know of his passing. His was a life well lived and in the service of his beloved country, Dominica.

    My sincere sympathy to Mrs. Shaw and other members of his family. May God support and strengthen you during this time and your period of mourning.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in God’s peace and glory. Amen!

  6. %
    December 2, 2013

    R.I.P Mr Shaw!

  7. December 2, 2013

    Rest in peace Mr Shaw a true son of the soil

  8. listener
    December 2, 2013

    Deepest condolences to the family of his excellency mr shaw may GOD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN you all and may his soul rest in peace.

  9. Chris Parillon
    December 2, 2013

    Our family wish to extend condolences to the Shaw family on the passing of His Excellency.

  10. "O" STRESS"
    December 2, 2013

    Deepest condolences to MR. Shaw`s family and friends, a true trail blazer, a servant who served with pride and purpose, respect for all. R.I.P.

  11. Tyre hit de road
    December 2, 2013

    Rest In Peace Mr Shaw

  12. Albert and Tempie
    December 2, 2013

    We extend our condolences to Mr Shaw’s wife and family in this time of bereavement.

    • peeping
      December 2, 2013

      and that is one of the best things a person could do for the family at this time of bereavement and not like one station creating their own eulogy of the former head of state. At least they could have gotten the fact from the Office of the President in terms of the time he served instead of saying the family was mum on giving cause of death. people are not so interested in the cause of death at this time more than hearing how well the man served his country in an unbiased manner. He was not a young person speed driving or walking up and down ministry step so what cause of death your looking for. This was the probably the only president who served without row-row following him to his grave. He was a great and peaceful man. Imagine me and pardners there saying but wait no one knew what party he supported nuh. he treated everyone so fairly and squarely. But where have all the good men gone nuh. we have to stop politicizing things and people even after they are gone.

      We love you Sir R.I.P

  13. joaan
    December 2, 2013

    rest in eternal peace mr shaw

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