Following is the statement from the Democratic Labour Party on the passing of former Cabinet Minister Evelyn Greaves.
On behalf of the officers and members of the Democratic Labour Party I wish to express our deep shock and sadness on learning of the passing of Comrade Evelyn Greaves.
Evelyn Greaves was an integral part of the fabric of the DLP almost from from its inception.
He lived his belief, that the masses of the people deserved champions devoted to their betterment. This drove him, both as a trade unionist and as a politician.
That philosophy fuelled what was arguably his toughest political struggle, which saw him spend a period of sabbatical away from the limelight.
He remained committed to the cause, and worked behind the scenes to ensure his Party was again representative of the people.
When called upon, there was no hesitation in being pressed into service again, as High Commissioner to Canada, and more recently, he operated as a campaign manager.
In this present rebuilding process, he again offered his services and was eager to become active again.
On a personal note Evelyn Greaves, or Uncle Lyn as he was known to me, was a part of the fabric of my life from childhood.
As my political career developed, he became and remained a champion and mentor.
He was a proud St Lucy man, an unwavering supporter of our Party and champion of the people.
Our Party will feel his loss acutely and our hearts go out to his wife Francilia; his daughters Stacey, and LauraLynn; his beloved grands and entire family.
We believe Barbados is the poorer for his passing.