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Outstanding physician passes suddenly

Outstanding physician passes suddenly


Popular Vincentian ophthalmologist Dr. Junior Bacchus is dead.

News of his sudden passing was announced to the nation by Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Dr. Douglas Slater, during the sitting of Parliament yesterday.{{more}}

Slater, a former Minister of Health, described his former schoolmate and medical colleague as a person who gave patriotic service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Slater’s tribute was followed by eight others from members of both sides of the House, all of whom expressed their shock at hearing of Bacchus’s passing, and spoke glowingly of the person he was.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Bacchus was an extraordinary human being and a good family man, who was quite concerned about his wife, children and community.

Although Bacchus resided at Arnos Vale with his family, he hailed originally from Rose Bank, which was pointed out by member for North Leeward Roland Matthews, when he rose to express his condolences.

This outstanding son of the soil was a former student of the St. Vincent Grammar School where he was the contemporary of St. Clair Leacock, Julian Francis, Douglas Slater, Daniel Cummings and Maxwell Charles, all of whom are current members of the House of Assembly.

Representative for West Kingstown Daniel Cummings, described his former classmate as humble, gentle, and jovial, noting that Bacchus’ commitment to this country was unquestioned.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Girlyn Miguel spoke of Dr. Bacchus’ generosity while a member of the parent teacher association of the Kingstown Preparatory School.

Tributes were also paid by Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace, member of Parliament for Central Kingstown St. Clair Leacock, member for the Southern Grenadines Terrance Ollivierre and member for Central Leeward Maxwell Charles.

Bacchus was the President of the Indian Heritage Foundation and only a few weeks ago, led celebrations here to commemorate the arrival of East Indians in St. Vincent on June 1, 1861.

SEARCHLIGHT expresses sincere condolences to his wife Deborah, children Melissa and Khalil, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.