Sir Ronald Sanders Remarks on the passing of James Tanny Rose


Remarks on the passing of James Tanny Rose

By Sir Ronald Sanders


I learned with great sadness of the passing today of James Tanny Rose.

Although he never achieved high political or governmental office, he was always close to the political activity in Antigua and Barbuda throughout his life.

Both in the political parties and the trade union with which he was associated, he was a fearless figure, standing-up for the positions he felt were justified and aways with the interest of Antigua and Barbuda upper most in his mind.

As a regular commentator on radio, he had no hesitation in identifying what he considered to be unjust.  At the same time, he was always ready to advance causes that he judged to be just.

In that long and fearless journey, he naturally earned admirers and detractors.  But it was neither fame nor notoriety that he sought; his motivation was always to venture where others feared to tread so that every issue could be given deep consideration in the interest of the nation,

A mighty voice may have fallen silent today, but its echoes will resonate in our memories for years to come. We will remember James Tanny Rose as a true nationalist and patriot.

I send my deepest condolences to Tanny’s children and his family and friends.


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  1. Sir Ron’s comments are indeed apt. Tanny Rose as he was affectionately called was a patriot and a staunch defender of the Father of the Nation and our beloved country. It’s fitting that he died a day or two before we celebrate our 42nd Independent Anniversary. RIP brave son of our land. Respect!!!

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