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Obituary – Mr. Egbert Lionel (1946-2018), former Chief Liaison Officer

OECS Media Statement

The Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service (ECLS), regrets to announce the death of Mr. Egbert Lionel, a former Chief Liaison Officer.  ‘Mr. Lionel’, as he was affectionately known to the Eastern Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers, passed away at his home in Saint Lucia, on 29th September 2018 at the age of 72.

Mr. Lionel was passionate in this service to the ECLS and in the promotion of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme as a viable source of employment for many OECS nationals - from 2002 to 2009.  He was well loved and respected by the workers.  To many of the workers he was not just the Chief Liaison Officer, but a father-figure, who gave guidance and counsel whenever they needed it. 

We express our condolences to Mr. Lionel’s family at this time of sadness as they mourn his passing.  We will remain in deep gratitude to him for his contribution to the development of the ECLS and the many workers of the Eastern Caribbean whose lives he touched during and after his tenure as the Chief Liaison Officer. 

Mr. Lionel will be dearly missed by the staff of the ECLS.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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