Swanston Carbon, right, and Johnson Boston at a Dominica Freedom  Party meeting
Swanston Carbon, right, and Johnson Boston at a Dominica Freedom Party meeting

Swanston Carbon, the former senator and deputy speaker in the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) Administration has died. Carbon passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday where he recently underwent surgery.

Johnson Boston, the General Secretary of the DFP issued the following statement last night.

"It is with deepest regret and profound sadness that the Dominica Freedom Party mourns the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Swanston Carbon who up to the time of his death was an active and long standing member of the Dominica Freedom Party.

"Mr. Carbon joined the Dominica Freedom Party in its early days remaining loyal and very involved in all Party activities. A Party stalwart, he was never afraid to speak his mind on the many issues confronting his country which he served in several capacities.

"He served as a Senator in the Dominica House of Assembly from 1980 to 1995 with the Dominica Freedom Party Government. He also served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1990 to 1995 and was a former Member of the Roseau City Council serving also on a number of Statutory Boards and Advisory Committees.

"Mr. Carbon unsuccessfully contested the Roseau South Constituency in the 2000 General Elections but his commitment and steadfastness to the Dominica Freedom Party never wavered (or remained unwavering). He kept a keen analytical eye on political and national development issues and his meticulous dissection of Government Budgetary Estimates was legendary.

Mr. Carbon will always be remembered as a great team player who will be sorely missed not only by Members and Supporters of the Dominica Freedom Party but by all those who knew him throughout the length and breadth of Dominica.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Corinthia, his Mother, children as well as his extended family, many relatives and friends.

"May his soul rest in peace," the statement said.