Prime Minister Hon Roosevelt Skerrit commented on the death of the former Grand Bay Parliamentary Representative during an interview with GIS news on Monday June 25, 2012.
John Fabien passed away on Friday June 22, 2012.
“It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing of John Fabien. Though he had been suffering for some time and we had a feeling that his days were going to be much shorter, eventually losing him has been a sad thing for all of us who knew him very well, his family and the members and supporters of the Labour Party. We’ve lost a very true and dedicated soldier of the Dominica Labour Party.”
John Fabien was well known for his tremendous contribution to Primary Health and Environmental Health Care. He spent most of his life as an Environmental Health Officer. More recently, he served as Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency as a Labour Party Member of Parliament and also Minister for Health and Social Security.
“He brought to the Ministry of Health a wealth of experience and knowledge in health care and health practices and his experience and knowledge were brought to bear on the tremendous successes we’ve had in the health care services.”
The Prime Minister stated that he would be forever grateful for John Fabien’s contribution to the Dominica Labour Party.
“Because of his firm commitment to national and community development, he came forward after having retired from national duty to become a Member of Parliament and the Minister for Health to make his contribution. We are grateful to his family for allowing him to serve the Labour Party in Parliament and to serve the Labour Party in Government. We wish to extend our deepest condolences, the Government, the people of Dominica, the Executive Membership and rank and file of the Dominica Labour Party and of course on behalf of the community of Grand Bay and Bense we extend our condolences to his family.”
The Prime Minister then announced that John Fabien would be granted an official funeral.
“By virtue of his contribution to nation building particularly in his service as Member of Parliament and Minister of Government, he will be afforded an Official Funeral.”