The Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday issued a statement on the passing of Father Gerard Pantin. The following is the statement -
THE nation has lost a true and genuine humanitarian with the passing of Father Gerard Pantin, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said on Tuesday.
Fr Pantin passed away at the age of 85 years at Spiritan House, Port-of-Spain, on Monday. He was a co-founder of Servol Life Centre and brother of the late Archbishop of Port of Spain, Anthony Pantin.
In a statement following news of his passing, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar described his loss as a deep and tragic one for our country and for all the people whose lives he touched.
“It was with profound sadness that I learned of Father Pantin’s passing. He was a gentleman who epitomized compassion and was a true and achieving humanitarian,” the Prime Minister stated.
“As a co-founder of Servol, Father Pantin upheld the honour and distinction of his family as being one dedicated to service to God and people and improving the lives of their fellowmen.”
“His life was spent providing advice, direction and hope to young people and especially later in his life, when he co-founded Servol, he demonstrated how much difference just two hands could make in the lives of others.”
The Prime Minister added: “Father Pantin was one of 10 children born to Agnes and Julian Pantin and suffered the misfortune of losing his father at the age of 11. Perhaps this was part of his motivation to follow in his family’s humanitarian path to use his life and work to change the lives of young people in need of direction and compassion.”
“Through his work, his living examples of kindness, his goodwill and his dedication, Father Pantin was a true and proud citizen who, with his family, represented the best values of our country. It is without doubt that the void he has left behind will be extremely hard to fill.”
The Prime Minister sent her sincerest condolences to Father Pantin’s family, saying: “We send our prayers, love and best wishes to his family and wish them God’s guidance in this time of grief and loss. As a very religious family who has influenced the lives of so many, we join them in mourning the loss of a great man, and a great Pantin. May God bless his soul and may he find peace and rest.”
“We also send our condolences to the young men and women whose lives he touched and to whom he stood as friend, father figure and mentor.”