Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has extended his ‘deepest condolences’ to Saint Lucia’s media fraternity following the loss of Mr. Willie James and Mr. Alex Bousquet over the weekend.
Chastanet observed that in their own right, both men were well known to the people of this country when it came to delivering news and information to the people of Saint Lucia.
The former PM recalled that Willie James was a legend whose career in the media spanned decades.
He observed that people knew James for the phrase, “this is Saint Lucia, where we are happy,” when the deceased worked as Sir John Compton’s public relations officer.
“We also know Mr. James for his work at RCI, and as editor of the Voice newspaper and of course for the booklet he penned surrounding the political activities of 1979. Mr. James has for years lived in Canada but kept in touch with news from Saint Lucia and for some time penned a regular commentary for the Voice. His memory lives on in his body of work. Condolences to his family and friends,” Chastanet stated.
The former Prime Minister described Alex Bousquet as a great reporter, whom he had the pleasure of speaking with on many occasions.
“He was always polite and receptive even as he threw some strong questions my way,” the former PM recalled.
“He had an infectious sense of humour which we all grew to love as he often brought us the lighter side of a lot of issues. “Mr. Street Vibes” very often had us in stitches, and his interviews frequently went viral,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
Chastanet extended condolences to Bousquet’s family and friends, the management, and team members at DBS Television. “This is a great loss,” Chastanet declared.
Headline photo: (L to R) Alex Bousquet and Willie James