Former Parliamentarian and historian, Dr Morgan Job, is dead.
Job, who was 76, died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital at 3.24 pm on Sunday, his daughter Dzifa confirmed.
Job was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late March and was given six months to live by doctors.
He was a Minister of Tobago Affairs and the Minister of Finance, Planning and Development in the Basdeo Panday administration, an economist, historian, writer and radio personality.
In expressing condolences to the family, Panday said, “He had lots of ideas. While we were in Parliament he never really seemed interested in what was going on in the Parliament or Cabinet. He was more interested in expounding ideas and he expounded many of them. He did a lot of good work.”
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Leader of the Opposition, issued the following release:
“I join with the national community in mourning the loss of Dr. Morgan Job, economist, writer, radio personality and former Member of Parliament.
Dr. Job made an indelible contribution to the fields of politics and culture and was a well-known advocate for equality.
He was unreserved in expressing his views on the political landscape and in some cases, politicians came in for harsh criticism, but his intentions were always to lift the level of debate and discourse on national issues.
Dr. Job entered Parliament in May of 1997 as the Member for Tobago East, and served as Minister of Tobago Affairs, and later as Minister in the Ministry of Finance. He also acted in several ministerial capacities including Minister of National Security.
I was saddened to learn of his passing, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Trinidad and Tobago has lost a brilliant mind, and a voice in the fight for equal rights.
Let us all remember his words in a recent interview, “I have dedicated my life to doing the best for people of Trinidad and Tobago and I’ve always maintained, put God in everything, not race.” We can all follow in his stead, and dedicate ourselves to doing the best we can for our beloved nation.
On behalf of the Opposition and on my own behalf, I offer condolences to his family and friends.
May his soul rest in peace.
Job had published several books on political and economic reform and spent much of his life trying to change the culture of Trinidad and Tobago by educating and uplifting the minds of his fellow citizens.
He added, “I have dedicated my life to doing the best for people of Trinidad and Tobago and I’ve always maintained, put God in everything, not race.”
It was only last week that Job was hospitalized. Following news of Job’s ailment, his family had started a “Go Fund Me” page to help raise funds for his medical care. His daughter thanked those who supported and comforted the family but asked that the relatives be allowed to grieve privately.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.
DR MORGAN JOB