Clifton De Coteau, a former minister under the People’s Partnership has died.
It is suspected he suffered a heart attack.
Reports are that Mr De Coteau had just returned to his Gajadhar Lands home after exercising and purchasing the newspapers this morning, when he collapsed after getting out of his car.
Mayaro MP Rushton Paray paid tribute to him this morning.
He said “I wish to offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of my former Principal, my Political friend and mentor Mr. Clifton DeCoteau.
“I am sure my St. Stephen’s colleagues will have fond memories of him.”
De Coteau’s former colleague Bhoe Tewarie also expressed sadness at the news.
Tewarie said ‘Clifton was always gentle, warm, respectful, thoughtful, brotherly and funny with me. And you believed in Education and cared for little people and did what you could to make their lives better.”
De Coteau joined the political arena in 2003 and served as the Local Government Representative for the Electoral District of Inverness/Princes Town until 2010.
He was the MP for Moruga/Tableland in 2010 and served until 2015.
He held the post of Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development and was also the former principal of the St Stephen’s College, Princes Town.
In 2013, he was hospitalised for cerebellar (brain) bleed.