Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Former government minister Rennie Dumas dies

Former minister and Tobago East Member of Parliament for the People’s National Movement (PNM), Rennie Dumas, has died.

According to reports, Dumas passed away at a hospital in Trinidad on Sunday morning.

Health Minister and St Joseph MP, Terrence Deyalsingh, issued condolences to his family.

“To the family of Mr Rennie Dumas, deepest condolences to you at this time. From the Deyalsingh family and the constituency of St Joseph.”

Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat said, "Former Senator, MP for Tobago East and Minister Rennie Dumas passed away this morning. Known to friends as Stretch, Dumas served as Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment and Minister of Local Government. His final portfolio was as Minister of Labour between November 2007 and 25th May 2010."

"Before I moved to Cave Hill to complete the Bachelor of Law degree, Rennie and I shared a room at Milner Hall, St Augustine and we remained close friends since then. In later years Rennie served as Coordinator for the Mayaro Constituency and spent lots of time on the East Coast. Condolences to Mr. Dumas' family and friends and all whose lives he touched."

Former communications minister Vasant Bharath also issued condolences in a social media comment:

“My sincerest condolences to the Dumas family. As a Parliamentary colleague, we enjoyed many a 'tussel' but it was always in good spirits and with the best intentions. He will sorely be missed. Rest in peace 'Stretch'. May you find eternal peace.”

Dumas had previously been hospitalised in Tobago in January 2017. 

Dumas served as Tobago East representative from 2007-2010 and also as advisor to former THA Chief Secretary Orville London.

He was appointed Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development in November 2007.

Prior to this Dumas served in the Senate as an Opposition Senator during the 6th Parliament, and as a Government Minister during the 7th and 8th Parliaments.

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