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.