Legendary strongman Bill Abbott should be accorded an official funeral, according to Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Chairman Gaston Browne, who said the party mourns the passing of the erstwhile “Senator for Life.”
“It is with great sadness that we the leaders of the Antigua Labour Party mourn the death of Comrade Bill Abbott. His loyalty and commitment to the Antigua Labour Party are unmatched. … He was an accomplished cricketer, footballer, boxer, bodybuilder and entrepreneur, among other things.
His strength was unmatched by any human being within the region. He demonstrated his physical (prowess) with a number of notable feats, including lifting a large piano on his back and lifting a small vehicle,” Browne said.
“Bill Abbott was a colossal figure who made significant contribution towards the socio-economic and political development of this country and he will be missed by all. The Antigua Labour Party would like to urge the UPP government to accord the late senator an official funeral in keeping with his contributions.”
One of Abbott’s contemporaries, Robin Bascus also spoke highly of his colleague: “I miss him a lot. I visited him a few times while he was sick, but I think Antigua has missed a very important man, a chap who was known by a lot of people. Especially in his latter days when he was involved in politics … he was so feared,” Bascus said.
Abbott died quietly at home on Monday evening at the age of 85. Several family members and friends were at his bedside at the time of his passing.
Abbott leaves to mourn his wife and children, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his first son, Douglas.
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