KINGSTON — The 91-year-old mother of the Prime Minister, Mrs Enid Golding, died this morning (Wednesday, September 14) at the St Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston.
Mrs. Golding, an outstanding educator and community builder and a graduate of both the Shortwood Teachers’ College and London University, died peacefully at approximately 2 a.m.
The Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding, who has been in Trinidad and Tobago since Sunday (September 11) attending the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub Committee meeting on Cricket in Trinidad and Tobago, is expected to return home later this evening.
Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Dr. Kenneth Baugh, who has been in charge of the Government since Mr. Golding’s departure, issued a statement today in which he expressed the condolences of the Cabinet and the Government to Prime Minister Golding and his family.
Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, also expressed her condolences to Prime Minister Golding and the Golding family. A release from Mrs. Simpson Miller said that she has already spoken directly to Mr. Golding, and also wished that “God grants them the strength they will need during this time of bereavement”.
Mrs Golding was an outstanding educator and community builder. She started her teaching career in St Catherine at the Ginger Ridge Elementary School. She later taught at the Watermount Elementary School and, after she was relocated to Kingston, taught at the Alpha Academy and the St Andrew High School.
Mrs Golding was a specialist high school teacher who taught History, English and Geography. In 1960 she became the founding Principal of the Old Harbour Junior Secondary School and served there for eleven years. The school has since been upgraded to the Old Harbour High School, and has a sixth form programme. In 2009, during its 40th anniversary service, past teachers recalled her leadership style as being very encouraging of them.
Mrs Golding and her brother, Rupert Bent, are the co-authors of two high school text books on the geography and history of the West Indies, respectively.
She was married to the first Speaker of the House of Representatives, the late Hon Tacius Golding. They had four children: Prime Minister Golding, Dr Trevor Golding and former Member of Parliament and banker, Douglas Anthony Golding. They also had a daughter who died in infancy.
By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor