Chief Secretary Orville London has described James Morris, aka Mr Mt Pleasant as a “unique individual who lived a full life and made a lasting contribution to this island and its people”.
In a statement today (Thursday 3rd April 2014) London said: “The Tobago House of Assembly joins the rest of the island and country in extending condolences to the family, friends, numerous admirers and acquaintances of James Morris who died in tragic and violent circumstances.
“All of us are shocked and devastated at the brutality of the act which ended his life and we hope and expect that his perpetrators will be apprehended in the shortest possible time.
“We mourn his loss but we must also appreciate the life, the contribution and the example of Mr Mt Pleasant who personified so many of the positive qualities to which we should adhere to in this challenging world.
“James Morris was a hard working, ambitious and generous individual who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the island’s most successful and respected building contractors.
“His assertive and incisive interventions on radio and television talk shows underlined his fierce loyalty to Tobago and his pursuit of the highest principles of integrity and basic decency.
“He was a unique individual who lived a full life and made a lasting contribution to this island and its people.
“Tobago says thanks for the timely words, the good deeds and the enduring examples. May his soul rest in peace.”
Morris was chopped to death during a robbery at his Mt Pleasant home on Wednesday.