The Tobago arm of the People’s National Movement (PNM) has lost a stalwart following the passing of Neil Wilson yesterday.
Wilson suffered a stroke at his Signal Hill home at the age of 88.
Sources told Guardian Media that he attended a Father’s Day event at the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday and he was in good spirits, so his death has come as a shock to those close to him.
Wilson held the position of Chairman of the Tobago Council of PNM for 18 years before his retirement in 2017.
He was a member of the party for 59 years.
He also held the position of Secretary of Enterprise Development, Labour, Cooperatives, Consumer Affairs and Settlements in the Tobago House of Assembly from 2001 to 2005 and Secretary in the Division of Tourism and Transportation in the THA from 2005 to 2009.
He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago (EIDCOT) at the time of his death.
Wilson was described as having a wealth of knowledge and expertise, was committed to Tobago, hard working, humble, caring, fun and a mentor to many young politicians.
He received the Chaconia Medal Silver for his contributions to the public service in 2017.