Tributes have been pouring in for former Acting Governor General and ex Senate President Sir Fred Gollop, QC, who died this morning.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley led the tributes today, describing Sir Fred, who sat on the boards of several public and private sector corporations, including Consumers’ Guarantee Insurance, the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation, the Nation Corporation and One Caribbean Media Limited, as a national treasure.
“I have known Sir Fred almost all my life and he was always an example of quiet dignity, reflection and seriousness and always committed to the development of this country,” Mottley said.
She said that in spite of his strong membership and loyalty to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Sir Fred never allowed his partisan beliefs to intrude upon his chairmanship of the Nation newspaper, which he helped found.
“For that, our democracy is grateful. In addition, Sir Fred served with distinction within the law and indeed within our own political fraternity. He was ever there when it came to the issue of solving and resolving policy, writing manifestos and indeed he served with distinction as President of the Senate for three terms and acted as Governor-General on numerous occasions,” she noted, adding that he would be missed dearly.
The Prime Miniser said that as was customary for those who have served in the highest office of the land and acted as Governor General, she would inform Cabinet of an offer to Sir Fred’s family for an official funeral.
“In the circumstances we prayer that they would be comforted by those memories and God’s blessings,” she stated, while expressing condolences to his family in this period of grief.
A friend of Sir Fred’s, former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, also paid tribute, stating that the former director of the Central Bank of Barbados and a Commissioner on the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Court of Justice was one of the outstanding builders of this country in the last 50 years.
He also recognized Sir Fred’s contribution to corporate governance in Barbados.
Sir Fred was awarded Barbados’ highest honour, the Knight of St Andrew, in 1997.