Official condolences have been received from Barbados and Montserrat following the passing away of Tonya Yvonne Anglin, daughter of Premier McKeeva Bush and his wife, Kerry Bush, yesterday morning (25 January).
Locally, public messages of condolences have been received from His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor, Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks as well as the Civil Service Association.
On behalf of the Government of Barbados and Barbadians resident in the Cayman Islands, I extend our deepest sympathies to you and Mrs Bush on the loss of your daughter Tonya. We also extend sympathies to Chet and Zariah who I am sure are devastated by this unexpected loss. Losing a child is one of the saddest life challenges and words that can give you true comfort are difficult to find. We offer our prayers and thoughts at this very sad time and may the comfort of Almighty God envelope you all at this time.
With deepest, heartfelt sympathy. Juliette Y. Gooding, Honorary Consul to Barbados.
The Office of the Chief Minister presents its compliments to the Office of the Premier at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and has the honour to transmit the following message on behalf of The Honourable Reuben T Meade, Chief Minister and Minister of Finance, Regional Affairs & Trade:
"It is with an overwhelming feeling of sadness that I extend deepest sympathies to Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, and his wife, Mrs. Kerry Bush on the sudden passing of their daughter Tonya Yvonne Bush-Anglin. We in Montserrat also share the grief of the husband and young daughter of Tonya and recognize that a loss at such a tender age as Tonya is unfathomable. On behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat please accept our condolences and be assured that you and your entire family will be in our prayers."
The Office of the Chief Minister avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Office of the Premier at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands the assurances of its highest consideration.
Office of the Chief Minister, MONTSERRAT
From HE the Governor:
His Excellency the Governor and his family were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing away earlier today of the Premier and Mrs. Bush's daughter Tonya and send their sincere condolences to the Bush and Anglin families. Their thoughts are with them during this sad and difficult time.
From the Deputy Governor:
The public service is deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of the daughter of the Honourable Premier and Mrs. Bush.
"On behalf of the whole public service, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to The Honourable Premier, Mrs. Kerry and the rest of the family," said Deputy Governor, Donovan Ebanks.
Mr. Ebanks added: "We are all numbed by this shocking news. Death is the only certainty in life, but far too often it sneaks upon us when we least expect it.
I believe that those of us who have been blessed with children will all agree that they redefine the real meaning of 'love' - regardless of what we thought that word to mean before they arrived. And while most of us are blessed to not have had the experience of losing a child, I also believe that it is truly the greatest loss that one can experience.
I would urge us all to hold up this family in our prayers at this time, and pray that the good Lord will see them through these darkest days."
From the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association:
The Civil Service Association wishes to express sincere condolences to the Honourable Premier and Mrs. Kerry Bush and family on the passing of their daughter yesterday.
We were all saddened when the news of Mrs. Anglin's passing was made public.On behalf of all members of the association, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Honourable Premier, Mrs. Bush and the rest of the family during this very difficult time.
Our empathy, prayers and best wishes are extended to the family as they endeavour to come to grips with this great loss of their loved one. May God continue to pour down His blessing, grace, love, peace and comfort on the family as they look to Him for solace.
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