Former University of the West Indies St Augustine campus principal Prof Compton Bourne said his son, Compton Bourne Jr, will be remembered for his “concern for the less fortunate in life and his profound committment to professional development and research”.
Bourne Jr, who was 41, passed away at his home in Champs Fleurs around 7.30 a.m. on Friday.
An orthodontist, Bourne Jr succumbed to lung cancer. He had been ailing for some time.
Before getting into private practice, Bourne Jr was a lecturer at UWI’s School of Dentistry, St Augustine.
His father, an executive director of the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF), was due to host a seminar on the theme, “Venture Capital: Its Relevance for the Regional Transformation Agenda”, at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel in Port of Spain on Friday, but failed to attend due to the death of his son.
In a telephone interview, Bourne Sr said: “Bourne Jr was ailing from lung cancer. It deteriorated... it was contrary to what we were hoping for. We hoped his health would have been restored. It was not altogether unexpected. It is unfortunate when someone as young as that dies.”
While attending Fatima College, Bourne Sr said, “He often reached out to those who needed some kind of assistance. I am coping as best as I can.”
Bourne Jr will also be mourned by his wife, Lazena, and children, Che, five; Luke, three; and an adopted daughter, Diana, 16.
Bourne Sr said the family was receiving an outpouring of love and support from friends, well-wishers and members of the medical fraternity.
“Prof Clement Sankat (St Augustine campus principal) sent an e-mail expressing his condolences. It was touching. We are grateful for the sympathy expressed to the family and other members of the medical fraternity in particular.”
Funeral arrangements have been set for this week.