Chairman of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance.

Maritime General and Fidelity Finance is mourning the death of its chairman who was murdered at his Maraval home yesterday.

A female relative is in police custody in conenction with his death.

The company issued the following statement Saturday.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of loss that we make this post tonight. We are devastated to announce the passing of John Henry Smith, the current Chairman of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance.

John was a true patriarch and stalwart of the Maritime family.

He served for almost 50 years as Accountant, Financial Controller, Head of Marketing, Chief Executive and Chairman.

Because of John, we at Maritime are who we are today.

He was a fanatic for service, believer in people, stickler for time; but moreover someone who was larger than life. Beyond business, John was actor, playwright, musician, singer and ‘mas man.

In his own words, “… my whole philosophy in life has always been that there is only one purpose to life and that is to enjoy life and living. It is not money, it is not power. It is simply to have a good time.”

We are confident that he did enjoy a full life.

On behalf of our Maritime family, we first extend condolences to John’s family. And secondly to everyone who knew him.”