The Congress of the People (COP) has joined others in sending condolences to the family of former president George Maxwell Richards who passed away on Monday.
The COP has issued the following statement of their political leader, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan;
"On behalf of all members of the Congress of the People, I wish to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the entire nation on the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell Richards who served from 2003 to 2013.
The country grieves with the family of an exemplary son of our soil who showed great mettle during his tenure as President of our country in standing up and speaking out for what he believes.
As President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell Richards embraced the cultural ingenuity of our country and would often be seen by all in full costume on the road Carnival Mondays and Tuesdays.
Born in the City of San Fernando in 1931, his life exemplifies success in every sphere. He served at the University of the West Indies in the Engineering Department and later as Pro Vice Chancellor and Deputy Principal of the University even managing to steer that institution during difficult times.
I remember him especially for his role as a mentor to myself and other faculty members at the UWI where he encouraged us all to ensure that local content formed part of the curriculum.
The COP family and by extension the nation also say thank you for having served on the board of some of our countries greatest entities.
The Trinidad Publishing Company, TRINTOC and the National Gas Company are just a few examples of his service to the our country.
I, on behalf of the COP, wish courage and strength for his wife former First Lady Jean Ramjohn Richards and children Mark and Maxine, knowing that the people of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the region, stand with you during this difficult period."