Although he was a “typical Jamaican,” the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart never gave in to the island and was also a Caribbean man.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley recalled Stewart, the founder and chairman of ATL Group companies, including the Sandals Resort Chain, which died in the United States at the age of 79 on Monday night.
The complete statement is:
Today, on behalf of the Government and the people of Barbados, I pray for the souls of Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s family, friends and loved ones.
Butch was a typical Jamaican, from accents to antiques, and in everything he did, he portrayed his country well. It was impossible to share space with him, and his infectious laughter and warm personality, arguably not attracted to the products of his Jamaican heritage.
But for him, love for the country never led to isolation. The success of his sandal brand, the name he has imprinted on the Caribbean landscape, will undoubtedly serve as a monument to his Caribbean for generations to come.
His relationship between Barbados and Barbados, sometimes controversial, lasted for a long time, but the country has benefited from his investment. With the presence of Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, it is undeniable that Barbados tourism products are better than they are today.
The region has undoubtedly lost a great son who put sandals on the world landscape as a Caribbean brand.
To his wife Cyril, his children, the sandal family here in Barbados and the region, and the people of Jamaica, my thoughts and prayers are always with you.
May his soul sleep peacefully. (PR / SAT)
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