Podiatrist Dr Simone McConnie has described the late Oscar Jordan, who passed away at the weekend as “a true stalwart for diabetes care”.
In a glowing tribute, McConnie, who worked with Jordan on several regional projects and in establishing the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, said she considered the late physician to be more than a friend, but a mentor and counselor.
“Dr Jordan has been a true stalwart for diabetes care,” she told Barbados TODAY, as she reflected on the life and work of “a true gentleman” who was “supportive, patient and determined.
“I will truly miss him as someone that I’ve stood by [for] the last 15 years,” said McConnie, who is the chief operating officer at the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.
She also credited Jordan for pushing for the implementation of a diabetes protocol and with conducting numerous studies on the disease.
“As someone who sits on the board of trustees of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, none of our meetings will ever be the same without him,” the podiatrist said.
She also pointed out that it was Jordan’s dream and vision to see the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre (MHDC) come to fruition.
“I will truly miss him, his energy, his laugh, his wit in meetings, his drive and his gentle soul,” McConnie added.
“He was always there to give encouragement and never shy of passing on praise. His glass was always full and we should be encouraged by that,” she said in a statement issued immediately following his death.
She also extended condolences to his family, for whom she said he had unconditional love.