THE National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas expressed its condolences to Minister of Labour Shane Gibson on the death of his father “King” Eric Gibson.
Describing King Eric as an outstanding Bahamian icon who excelled as a musician, entertainer, businessman, organiser and sailor in many regattas, Jennifer Issacs-Dotson, the union’s general secretary, said no one person has contributed more to regatta culture than ‘King Eric.’
“This national treasure was a founding member and former executive officer in the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union (BMEU). The trade union movement in the Bahamas salutes the contribution of ‘King’ Eric Gibson and his contributions to the growth and development of the people of the Bahamas will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of all musicians, entertainers, sailors and trade unionists and should be recorded in history of our nation,” she said.
“Brother John Pinder (NCTUB president), along with his executive board, affiliates and the entire membership of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas, extends sincere condolences to ‘King’ Eric Gibson’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and his extended family, on this sad occasion.
“We also wish to express our sincere sympathy to officers and members of the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union as they grieve his passing. We are mindful of the pain associated with the loss of a loved one and we are comforted with the knowledge that his living was not in vain.
“It is our hope that the Almighty God keeps each of you strong as you face the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead. Rest assured that the officers and members of the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas will remember you and your family in prayer. The trade union movement has lost a great champion and our nation has indeed lost another soldier.
“King Eric has fought a good fight, he has finished his course, and he has kept the faith,” she said.