St Kitts and Nevis: Geoffrey Hanley- Deputy Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis extended condolences to the family members of the Late Williams “Willie” Dore on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
He took to Facebook and stated, “Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. It is with profound sadness that I convey sympathy to the family members of the Late William “Willie” Dore.”
He added that he knew Comrade Dore personally from his childhood days attending the political meetings of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. In fact, he was a young and very impressionable boy when Comrade Dore contested the 1980 General Elections as candidate for the SKNLP in Constituency #1, East Basseterre. The slogan was “East Basseterre Willie is My Man.”
Comrade Dore was an Educator at heart and served the Federation well. He had a passion for seeing the ordinary man excel to his full potential. His melodious voice stood out as he carried a bass note well.
“When I entered the political arena, Comrade Dore provided me with sound and wise counsel each time I visited him. He shared his many experiences on the political trail, admonishing me to be aware of the political landscape of our nation and how I should govern myself at all times,”said the deputy prime minister.
Geoffrey Hanley added that the Executive Branch of East Basseterre sang for him on their regular visits to the Shut-Ins. During the Christmas Caroling tours, they always looked forward to singing for Comrade Dore at his residence, in anticipation of hearing that powerful voice hitting those notes even as he cruised into those very golden years beyond 90.
His last encounter with Comrade Dore was when he visited and prayed with him as he was hospitalized briefly before his eventual passing. Even in the hospital, Comrade Dore reminded me to do my best in all things and to take care of the people who he has been elected to serve.
“Surely, the SKNLP has lost a great Stalwart who is now united with the father of the Nation, Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, our First National Hero, whom Comrade Dore spoke of with utmost respect. East Basseterre salutes our very own Comrade William “Willie” Dore, “said the minister.