By Ariana Gordon
Deputy Mayor and former Fisheries Minister under the PNCR administration, Robert Williams died on Monday, January 30, following a month of hospitalisation at the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI).
Williams, 62, who also served as city mayor from 1987 to 1989 and a commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission until his death, was described by colleagues as “a man with much institutional knowledge”. He was on life support for most of his hospitalisation Guyana Times International was informed. The cause of his death is unknown.
He was hailed as a man of integrity, and a son of the soil who dedicated his life to serving the people of this country. City Mayor Hamilton Green said, “It is a great loss to the city and the council… he was a colleague of mine for many years and I have grown to rely on his experience.”
Green added that Williams had a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the municipality and for that he would be greatly missed. Acting in the position of deputy mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, who was moved to tears, said Williams was a leader and guide for all councillors.
“Robert has been the strength of this council for quite some time; he has been a leader and a guide for all councillors. City Hall, and the country as a whole has lost a great man, he has dedicated his life to the good of this country.” Chase-Green continued: “The institutional memory that Robert had is not with the young people today; he is not there to guide and teach us; we have lost a great person as a council. I hope the lessons he would have taught us throughout and all those he would have had dealings with, they will be able to carry it through.” She said.
Meanwhile, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally, in an invited comment, told this publication that the news of Williams’ passing has saddened the commission. “He will be remembered for his open-minded contributions, and well thought-out contributions. His lucid and practical approach to the solutions of conundra which the commission perpetually encounters will be dearly missed”, noting that he (Williams) had a “very jovial nature during commissioners’ meeting”.