I join the rest of Trinidad and Tobago in mourning the passing of talented performing artistes Hal Greaves and Shirley “Beulah” King.
The deaths of Mr. Greaves and Ms. King have robbed our country of two of its finest artistic practitioners, who also lent their considerable ingenuity to important social causes.
Mr. Greaves was a brilliant stage and television artiste renowned for his insightful native humour. He also utilised that flair and capacity to inspire disadvantaged youths in inner city communities. He will be remembered as much for his raw talent as for his selfless contribution to national development.
Ms. King was defined by her self-deprecating humour, her on-stage knack and wit and her ability as a show producer. Through her years as an entertainer, she also supported vital gender issues.
Through their creativity and skill, Mr. Greaves and Ms. King symbolised Trinidad and Tobago’s finest innate capability. In their various presentations, they reflected the essence and spirit of our nation.
I extend deepest condolences to relatives and friends of Mr. Greaves and Ms. King and to the national artistic community.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar S.C.
The Leader of the Opposition