The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Monday expressed condolences on the death of former Member of Parliament, Sir Vincent Ian Beache, who died at his home in Spring Estate at age 87.
Sir Vincent was Leader of the Opposition at one stage during the NDP’s 17 years in office and went on the lead the Unity Labour Party while it was in opposition.
The NDP said in a statement that it was “with great sadness” that they learnt of the death of the former minister of national security.
“Sir Vincent was a notable politician who served this country with merit in several capacities over the years, including that of opposition leader, minister of government and leader of the SVLP and then the ULP,” the NDP said.
“His service in public life span a period of 47 years from 1972 – 2019. That is a legacy that cannot be ignored. We express our condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the statement added.
Sir Vincent retired from electoral politics in 2005 after one term in office under the ULP administration.
After that, he went on to serve for 10 years as advisor to the minister of national security.
He died at his home in Spring Estate around 3:10 a.m. Monday after a period of illness, said to have been associated with prostate problems.