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Cato was a first class engineer of highest quality – Gonsalves


Following the passing of Chief Engineer at the International Airport Development Company (IADC) Jeffrey Cato on Monday, government officials have expressed their condolences to his family and friends.{{more}}

During the week Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and minister of Transport and Works, Julian Francis recognized the contributions that Cato has made to this country.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Gonsalves described the late engineer as a “first class professional of the highest quality”.

“A nationalist, a regionalist, committed to this country. A man of huge value made an immense contribution as chief engineer, chief technical officer in planning and on major projects involving the cross country road,” the prime minister said.

He was also the engineer behind the designs for the Rabbacca bridge.

Gonsalves declared that he would miss him greatly as he was a very good friend.

“It’s very painful to see him go,” he said.

Francis also recognized the work that Cato has done in the country.

“He was the former chief engineer of Public Works. I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the ministry, the government and in my personal capacity to extend condolences to his relatives and friends,” he said.

Cato, 63, is survived by his wife Brendalee, an employee of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in Barbados, three children Kamilah, Kevin and Khea, two remaining brothers and a sister.