Dr. Griffith’s death is distressing news to the UNC, which has always held him in high regard and to which he was deeply committed and served with great distinction.
With his academic achievements, even temperament, outstanding work ethic and humble personality, Dr. Griffith was called to serve the nation in several capacities over a 25-year period.
He distinguished himself in each of his postings.
Dr. Griffith, who was first elected as Member of Parliament in 1991, served for a period of time as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives during that electoral term.
He was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, and, in 1997, he joined the Cabinet of the UNC’s administration as Minister of Information, Communication, Training and Distance Education.
He was later elected as Speaker of the House.
In May 2010, Dr. Griffith again won the support of the electorate, this time for the constituency of Toco-Sangre Grande. He served variously as Minister of Tourism, Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Sport.
He will be remembered as a hard worker and servant of the people, a positive role model, a party loyalist and an endearing colleague and friend.
Our political landscape and the country are poorer with his loss.
As Political Leader, I extend condolences to his widow Sandra Ray Griffith, his three children and other members of his grieving family on behalf of the UNC National Executive, Members of Parliament, Councillors, Aldermen, members and supporters.
We are consoled by the fact that Dr. Griffith served his beloved Trinidad and Tobago with honour and faithfulness and that his life’s work will long be acknowledged and appreciated.
He will be remembered as a patriot of Trinidad and Tobago.
May he rest in peace.
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