“Every political party is dependent upon a corps of selfless workers, determined to ensure the success of the institution at the polls, as a government, and as a sustaining institution.
Comrade Llewellyn Smith had great love for the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party.
He found that it allowed for self-expression and fulfilment, as an Officer within the Party.
The ABLP has no paid workers, no payroll expense.
The money which it raises, goes towards furthering the aims and objectives of the party, none towards salaries.
Comrade Llewellyn Smith was a significant player cementing the bedrock of this 75-year-old institution that has been a superb success during the decades of its existence.
Comrade Llewellyn Smith served as the General Secretary of our ABLP for almost one decade, winning the hearts and minds of the membership and earning significant applause from the ABLP leadership.
He enjoyed the tasks which brought him into contact with the broad membership, especially so when his cadenced voice, masculine bearing, and unrelenting vigor made him a very necessary leader within our institution.
Comrade Llewellyn Smith served in the Senate of Antigua and Barbuda, appointed by Sir Vere Cornwall Bird as Premier, in an act of abiding faith and demonstrated great oratorical skill.
He could reason on his feet when taunted by the opposition members, although he was always very well prepared.
His championing of the Medical Benefits Scheme Bill (1977) was a worthy example of a finely-tuned intellect, ready always to do battle.
He was an outstanding Senator who used his platform to strengthen governance and to improve the socio economic advancement of our people especially the poor and vulnerable.
The people and Government express their sympathy to his family, his friends and to the tens of thousands of ABLP members who will miss this stalwart.
His photo will be displayed permanently on our ABLP Headquarters Wall where the most outstanding within the fold, who have gone to the Great Beyond, continue to earn a place in our hearts.
May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.”
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Thank you Comrade Leader for such a beautiful expression concerning our Comrade Smith. He was from the “old school”, inspired mightily by the Red message of Black Democratic Socialism of our founding fathers and mothers. He made such a valuable contribution. May the Red flag fly triumphantly for our lifetimes in this great and glorious land. Thank you Comrade Leader. You are man for this hour.
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