Prime Minister David Thompson Succumbs To Cancer At 48

Late Prime Minister The Hon David Thompson QC MP, 1961 - 2010

BU is saddened to learn of the passing of  the late Prime Minister David Thompson MP QC,. He died about 2.10 AM (23 October 2010).

We join all Barbadians in extending sincere condolences to his family – wife Mara, mother Margaret Knight, children and close family members.

In this moment of sorrow the Lord I’d in our midst and consoles us with His word. Month eye has seen nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. Blessed are the sorrowful for they shall be comforted. Into your hands O Lord, we humbly entrust our brother. In this life you embraced him with your tender love and opened to him the gates of heaven. The old order has passed away and you welcome him into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, nor weeping nor pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever Rev Guy Hewitt


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129 Comments on “Prime Minister David Thompson Succumbs To Cancer At 48”

  1. de hood October 23, 2010 at 6:32 PM #

    @ BP
    It may help if you read Matthew 5 and John 14 from verse 18 in the Bible. There is hope with our Lord and Saviour. I hope that this will be of some solace to your spirit.


  2. Hants October 23, 2010 at 7:21 PM #

    Sincere condolences to the family of PM David Thompson.


  3. Anonymous Numero Uno October 23, 2010 at 7:58 PM #

    @Bonny Peppa

    “You still want my fone-numba? Call and I will give it to you.”
    Hi Bonny, inspite of your hurting heart, you are still able to display a little humour! Time will heal the pain. Be of good cheer.


  4. David October 23, 2010 at 8:55 PM #


    The BU household feels your pain.

    The day has been difficult for us as well.

    David was not unfamiliar to some members of our household.

    The fact that he has left such a young family behind brings the greatest sadness of all.

    It is no secret that he had been at the forefront of the need to focus on building strong families.

    We all remember his Families First Campaign project and his desire to build a society by shifting away from the narrow focus on the economy.

    Take heart from the maturity with which the government has transitioned leadership to Stuart.

    Let us who live perpetuate his legacy by continuing to build on what he has started.


  5. Man of God October 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM #

    As we continue to uphold the Thompson family, new PM and government in prayer, a query remains. Has any other country, outside of an election, ever had a change in the leadership of the two main parties in the same week?


  6. Jerome Watson October 23, 2010 at 10:07 PM #

    A life and light extinguished too soon.
    Take it easy Bonny.


  7. Carson C. Cadogan October 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM #

    David Thompson

    Rest in Peace.

    Carson, Coralene, Carlene, Carolyn, Carson jnr.


  8. The Gatekeeper October 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM #

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late PM David Thompson. Our nation has lost a good citizen and public servant. May he rest in peace.


  9. browngal October 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM #

    Today has again left me with feeling of great despair, same as I felt last year, at the death of a close relative. All the time our PM was sick, I was going through all the emotions and the pain. I feel the pain of separation, his wife and children have felt today. My heart goes out to them, the DLP family and those closest to him. Is time a healer?, still wondering, but the despair does lessens.
    God has his plans for each of us, but even with our faith we still wonder why a man of great intellect, strength and knowledge should be taken so soon.
    After listening to his last speech again tonight, I think of the words of John…. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
    God giveth and God taketh…., but is so hard to accept.


  10. Carson C. Cadogan October 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM #

    Take it easy Bonny.

    I recently lost my dad to prostate cancer. He was a supporter of the Democratic Labour Party form its inception, both he and my mother who is eighty years and not doing too well either. He was eighty three years old.


  11. U.S.A October 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM #

    Washington – Barbados prime minister David Thompson died Saturday at age 48 of pancreatic cancer, the state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported.

    Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stewart was sworn in as Thompson’s successor hours after his death.

    In Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said: ‘Barbados has lost a leader and the nations of the Americas have lost a friend and valued partner. Prime Minister Thompson was a champion for democracy and justice in the Caribbean and an advocate for wider prosperity and opportunity throughout the region.’

    Thompson became the island’s sixth premier in 2008 after leading his Democratic Labour Party to victory.

    The third of six children, Thompson was born in London on December 25, 1961. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


  12. Seibert Straughn (Chairman of National Sport Council) October 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM #

    It is with deep sadness and regret that we have learned of the
    passing of the Honorable David Thompson, Prime Minister of
    our beloved country. Mr. Thompson has truly served Barbados
    and indeed the wider Caribbean with distinction. As an avid
    sports fan and an ardent promoter of the value of investment in
    youth, Mr. Thompson has given much support over the years, to
    the furtherance of our sports and cultural industries.
    The Chairman, Board, Management and staff of the National
    Sports Council and the entire sporting organizations in
    Barbados, we are very grateful for the support which his
    government has given, as they have sought to improve both our
    human and physical sports capital.
    We therefore wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Mara, his children and other members of his family, and to the government and people of Barbados. May he rest in peace.


  13. Rose October 23, 2010 at 11:54 PM #

    Dearest Mara, your chidren, his parents, his entire family, the democratic labour party. my family here and abroad would like to convey our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Thompson family, our hearts ache with sadness at our great loss and we thank you for sharing him with us,may God continue to strengthen you and your family in the days ahead, rest in peace Mr Prime Minister until we meet again.


  14. Rose October 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM #

    Dearest Mara, your chidren, his parents, his entire family, the democratic labour party. my family here and abroad would like to convey our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Thompson family, our hearts ache with sadness at our great loss and we thank you for sharing him with us,may God continue to strengthen you and your family in the days ahead. Rest In Peace.


  15. Zion1971 October 24, 2010 at 1:18 AM #

    Condolences to the family of PM David Thompson and all the people of BIM. It is only a matter of time before we all join you brother David on this journey. The only difference is that your number came up before us.


  16. Adrian Hinds October 24, 2010 at 2:02 AM #

    A story in 23/10/2010 Page 18 showed the character of the man as practice.


  17. Terence M. Blackett October 24, 2010 at 5:38 AM #



  18. islandgal246 October 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM #

    This for Bonny Peppa


  19. Ruel Daniels October 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM #

    My condolences over the passing of a great national and Caribbean leader. Surely Barbados can take pride in producing a leader such as this, whose service to his people and his nation was one of servanthood. The pain, grief and regret over this loss must be balanced with the satisfaction and pride that he put in a century worth of work in the 48 years he spent on this earth.

    Gone too soon, my brother, gone too soon.


  20. Amused October 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM #

    @Bonny. This too is for you.


  21. islandgal246 October 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM #

    En Partant ……..Outward journey


    Outward bound
    Upon a ship that sails no ocean
    Outward bound
    It has no crew but me and you
    All alone
    When just a minute ago
    The shore was filled with people
    With people that we knew

    Outward bound
    Upon a journey without ending
    Outward bound
    Uncharted waters beneath are far, far behind
    The green familiar shore is fading into time
    And time has left us now


    So farewell, adieu, so long,voya condios
    May they find whatever they are looking for
    Remember when the wine was better than ever again
    We could not ask
    We could not ask for more

    Outward bound
    Upon a ship with tattered sails
    Outward bound
    Along a crooked, lonesome trail
    Things we learned, will just be satisfied in knowing
    And we’ ll tell it to our kids as a fairytale


    We could not ask, we could not ask for more


  22. Yardbroom October 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM #

    Today on the first Sunday after Mr. David Thompson’s passing, we know that at times when darkness surrounds us; we seek that little candle of light which brings us hope.

    Can we as a people, despite the burden a death delivers to us, not be calm within ourselves, as those we loved so dearly would wish. Can we be less selfish, less greedy and banish the idea that untold wealth brings unlimited happiness.

    If we can, as a people, that candle flickering in the distance can be transformed to a beacon of light, which will illuminate our way to a prosperous and life changing dawn. May the “ordinary” citizens of Barbados, yes the “ordinary” citizens be victorious in this new chapter in our history.

    May comfort be brought to his wife Mara, young family and relatives. I wish each day may manifest, through his legacy, the stature of the man we were privileged to call our Prime Minister.


  23. Technician October 24, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    @ Adrian Hinds..

    Raquel Gilkes and her husband are staunch BLP members.
    I am not surprised at her remarks at all knowing her the way I do.
    As we see here on BU time and time again, it is the ones with most education that, most of the time, are the idiots.


  24. David October 24, 2010 at 1:18 PM #


    After reading the comments attributed to a former PR person of the BLP it made one wonder where did all the learning go.

    A key learning of public relations is to effectively communicate to your audience.

    Her message seems to be divisive with a public she should be wooing in the present circumstances.

    Sometimes it is better to ignore ignorance when it manifests itself.

    One can support a political party of choice but not at the risk of compromising someone’s professional ethics.


  25. Amused October 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM #

    @islandgal246 | October 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM | Your translation is not quite accurate, but it gets the point across. By the way, it was written for John F. Kennedy – in mourning for his death. En partant pout un voyage imaginaire. En partant, toi capitain et moi marin. I think it is approriate. He the captain and we the sailors. The wine, by the way, is described as being sweeter than honey. As you say, we could ask for no more. I think it has hit us all far harder than anyone thought it would.


  26. islandgal246 October 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM #

    @ Amused
    Thanks for the info , I never knew it was written for JFK. That is the English version of the song that was also sung by Nana . Merci.


  27. islandgal246 October 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM #

    here is the version anglais


  28. Amused October 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM #

    @islandgal246 | October 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM | The French version is, I think, better. Here it is. Tell me what you think. I particularly like the bit about leavinglegends for our children. Most appropriate to this occasion.

    En partant sur un bateau imaginaire
    En partant
    Toi capitaine et moi marin
    Seuls au monde
    Nous avons laissé tous nos amis sur le rivage
    En partant ce matin

    En partant pour un voyage sans escale
    En partant
    Avec nos rêves pour océan
    Nous voyons nos vertes prairies disparaître
    Loin de nous loin du temps

    Et farewell, adieu, so long, vaya condios
    Que le ciel nous donne ce que nous cherchons
    Hier encore, le vin était bien plus doux que du miel
    Dieu que ce temps, que ce temps était bon

    En partant sur un bateau imaginaire
    En marchant sur un vieux chemin de poussières
    Chaque instant qu’il nous sera donné de vivre
    Nous en ferons une légende pour nos enfants

    Et farewell, adieu, so long, vaya condios
    Que le ciel nous donne ce que nous cherchons
    Hier encore le vin était bien plus doux que du miel
    Dieu que ce temps, que ce temps était bon
    Dieu que ce temps, que ce temps était bon


  29. Bonny Peppa October 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM #

    thanks to all for the words of inspiration/encouragement. Today was a little better than yesterday and hopefully tomorrow will be better than today. still a little crying at times but I’m getting there. the next hurdle now is the funeral.

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.

    So long my friend. RIP.


  30. pious one October 24, 2010 at 8:01 PM #

    Rest In Peace, dear David.
    My deepest condolences to his wife, children , extended family and people of Barbados.


  31. The Scout October 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM #

    It is with profound sorrow and grief that I acknowledge the passing of the Late Prime Minister, The Right HON. David Thompson, my friend and neighbour. Many persons will never know the David Thompson that we in the Sanford/Mapps community were privilege to experience. David was a very down to earth young man and this also goes for his entire family. I remember the many conversations we had and even though we differ on many occasions, we would always remain close friends. When David became ill, our relationship got closer and we regularly exchanged e-mail messages as his health deteriorated. He liked his blackberry and hence I would always expect a response from every e-mail I sent. I recognised a spiritual side of David that grew stronger ever time we communicated. I believe that David was preparing himself for the life beyond this, therefore I am not worried about his future. I don’t believe in what some people call “untimely death”, I believe David is called to higher service, therefore I would remind you of the words the Apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy ” the time of my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finish the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of rightousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that Day, and not only for me but also to all who have loved his appearing. To Mara and those beautiful children, the entire community will be there for you, call on any of us as usual and we will help in anyway possible. To the children, your Dad was a good man and though he is no longer with you physically, I’m sure his spirit will continue to protect you. Weep if you want to but remember he told you life goes on BE STRONG and BE POSITIVE
    Mara, you will always be a special person to us, this Sanford/Mapps community will help you to get over this hurdle in your life. May God continue to Bless and GUARD YOUR FAMILY.


  32. BAFBFP October 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM #

    Condolences to the wife and family from those of us at the Banned household…


  33. islandgal246 October 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM #


    C’est vrai la version francais c’est plus belle que l’anglais., mais mon francais c’est pas bon que toi. Aujourd’hui j’ai entendu que la premiere avait fait par Elvis.


  34. Amused October 25, 2010 at 3:58 AM #

    @islandgal246 | October 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM | Je ne sais pas, mais toujours j’ai pense que c’etait Andy Williams. I will try to find out.


  35. Amused October 25, 2010 at 7:26 AM #

    @Islandgal246. Can’t find anything about Elvis, but it was written by music legend Tom Paxton. There is surprisingly little about this work available online. However, my information as to how it relates to John F. Kennedy comes from an imperfect memory of over 30 years ago when I read the sleeve of the Nana Mouscouri recording. As I say, my memory is imperfect on that, but I seem to recall that Andy Williams recorded it as a tribute to Kennedy and sung it at one of the events surrounding the Kennedy funeral. I cannot find any confirmation on the web on it, however.


  36. Foolburt October 25, 2010 at 2:56 PM #

    I don’t know much about barbados history but I know the Hymn – Safe In the Arms of Jesus would be fitting for the beloved former Honorable Prime Minister, none other than David Thompson.
    Rest comfortably in peace.


  37. islandgal246 October 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM #

    @ Amused

    thanks very much for this information. It is great to know there are fans of Nana Mouskouri in this forum. C’etait un plaisir le savoir.


  38. Bonny Peppa October 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM #

    islandgal / Amused
    My favourite piece by Nana Mouskouri is ‘Love changes everything”.


  39. Pat October 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM #

    Condolences to the Thompson family and all Bajans at home and in the diaspora.

    I love Nana Mouskouri too! I saw her in live performances only FOUR times. Even if she sings the same songs, I always went to see her when she came. Beautiful voice, excellent phrasing, great sensitivity and tone. Her singing is almost orgasmic!


  40. islandgal246 October 25, 2010 at 8:14 PM #

    You wrote “I saw her in live performances only FOUR times”

    I have never seen her in concert so you were very fortunate to have heard her live 4 times. I envy you! The purity of her voice is unmatched. She is phenomenal!


  41. Amused October 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM #

    @Pat, Islandgal, Bonny. Careful – we are showing our age. Yes, I am an admirer of Nana. Saw her live, but only once.


  42. islandgal246 October 26, 2010 at 2:13 PM #

    I think Nana’s music will appeal to any age once they are exposed to it.

    Re “Outward bound” this reminded me of a really beautiful final farewell, people in the North of India perform for their loved ones. The make small boat out of the rushes that grow by the river in which they then place the ashes of their loved ones. The priest or elder who knew the deceased would recite some verses , family members would have a bath in the river and allow the boat to start its “outward bound” journey.


  43. Negroman October 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM #

    My computer crashed,therefore I was unable to extend condolences to the family of our dearly departed former Prime Minister David Thompson . I do so now with heartfelt sympathy from my family.
    The death of former Prime Minister David Thompson is a tragic lost to this country and indeed the Caribbean.
    We had some tragic occurrences in Barbados this year.Tragic death of those six young ladies in the Tudor Street tragedy,the recent floods and now the death of our beloved former Prime Minister David Thompson.Is an omen descending on Barbados?
    Bonny Peppa my darling I did not know that my sweet heart & sugar plum was sick.Oh dear my gorgeous, I hope you are feeling better now.If this Negroman did know that my darling my was ill,I would have been there at your side nursing my sugar plum back to good health.


  44. Bonny Peppa October 26, 2010 at 8:08 PM #

    My darlin, you are so swoite. I am fifty sumting. De ‘sumting’ is what i doan rememba. LOLLLLLLLL ya sweet thang ya.

    My honey-comb, soon to be hussy, you are my cheese in a salt bread wid a red Ju-C. You are so romantic and tender like a good sirloin, you make me whet all ova n blush like Revlon. muahhhhhhhhhh. De flu hit me fa six and now my PM’s passing hit me fa sixes man. I was really sad on Saturday man. My son woke me around 3 or so and told me that he just heard and that he was taking an officer, who has no trans-p, to work at that time after it happened. I could not go back to sleep a’tall. stupseeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


  45. islandgal246 October 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM #

    @Bonny and Negroman

    LOLLLLLLLL wunna got me brekking up! I want an invitement to de wedding yuh hear? Wunna got de ring yet? Bonny I know yuh got expensive tastes soh doan le negroman choose ( I tink he might be a Jack Benny).


  46. Bonny Peppa October 27, 2010 at 5:12 PM #

    girl, even if my suga-suga is a Jack Benny, he doan hol’ back when it cum ta me. He does ga de hole 9yds. why you tink i marridin he? he lovin, lovely n lovable. it gun be a garden weddin jus like back in Eden girl. I got de ‘serpent’ reddy ta temp he wid. Chawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.


  47. Emily Dickinson October 27, 2010 at 5:13 PM #

    Mr. Thompson has gone now, and no longer suffers. May his widow and children find comfort in their love for each other.

    Mr. Negroman recalls Mr. Thompson in his own, special, BU-Family way on Barbados Underground:

    The same Prime Minister is in the back pocket of rat catcher/mango seller Indian who brags that he has the cell number of our leader and every weekend he carries pork,beef,mutton and other foodstuff for our Prime Minister.

    Mr. Bonny Peppa congratulates Mr. Negroman on Barbados Underground:

    Negro My hero, ya got ma cryinnnnnn. Almost fall offa ma chair man. Ya names got ma bawlinnn. Rat muncher. I missed you so much …


  48. islandgal246 October 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM #

    @Bonny peppa

    “I got de ‘serpent’ reddy ta temp he wid.”

    LOLLLLLL yuh aint tink yuh got it sw udder way roun?
    AIN’T HE DE ONE DAT GOT DE SERPENT REDDY TO TEMPT YUH WID?………….. ah cryiiiiing wid laughter. ROFLMAO


  49. Bonny Peppa October 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM #

    no, no, no, in dis luv-story, is me dat got de serpent. you talkin bout de bible story? dis is de udda serpent-story. murdahhhh


  50. Bonny Peppa October 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM #

    Emily Dickinson
    Are you Robert Frosts’ conjoined twin or his duplicate? Which witch is which? stupseeeeeeeeeee


  51. William Butler Yeats October 27, 2010 at 6:33 PM #

    Best condolence yet ….

    “My country is mourning the death of our Prime Minister, The right Honourable David John Howard Thompson. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 48. He passed away in the early hours Saturday morning. He is survived by his wife Mara, and his three daughters. My sincere condolences to his family. May they have the strength to endure this trying time.

    P.S. I have run out of room on google online albums and I am looking for alternative free storage. Any recommendations?”

    Ah, such sensitivity …


  52. David October 27, 2010 at 6:49 PM #

    The three names are one and the same.

    Sometimes it is good to let people expose themselves, some more. We all know David ‘no ball’ Speller is that way inclined.


  53. islandgal246 October 27, 2010 at 6:57 PM #


    William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and Frosty are all the same IP Address 200.50.87/88 and he works in Wildey


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