The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) says the region lost a distinguished son with the passing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
A post on the opposition party’s official Facebook page Wednesday described Stewart as a tourism giant.
The founder of Sandals Resorts International died on Monday at the age of 79.
The SLP said it notes with regret the passing the hotelier and tourism giant.
The party said opposition leader Philip J. Pierre wishes to extend sincerest condolences to the family, friends and employees of the Sandals team across the Caribbean.
According to the SLP, Stewart has left an indelible mark on the region.
The party indicated that people around the globe admired him for his entrepreneurship, innovation and business acumen.
“The region has lost a distinguished son and all are saddened by his unexpected passing. May he rest in peace,” the Facebook post concluded.
A statement from Stewart’s family announcing his passing did not indicate the cause of death.
His son Adam Stewart said his father had kept his illness private because he did not want to “be anyone else’s burden.”
“He didn’t even want his closest friends to worry for him,” Adam Stewart said.
Headline photo caption: Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart