Patriot Hugh Pigott dies

St. John’s Antigua- He served in two administrations, decades apart, and is being remembered both for his political acumen and devotion to nation building.

Hugh Theodore Pigott passed away peacefully at his Wireless Home residence yesterday morning at the age of 78 years.

Pigott was one of the earlier entrepreneurs in the tourism field as he was proprietor of Pigottsville Hotel which opened its doors in 1975 and which continues to operate to this day.

Among his dreams, which grew to fruition, is the Orange Valley Nature Park which opened in the 1980’s with a wide assortment of exotic birds and other flora and fauna.

Pigott is, perhaps, best known for his activities in the political arena and his contribution to the public service. He was one of the earlier chairmen of the Carnival Committee. He worked at the Transport Board and the Tourism Department and was a senator in the PLM administration and an advisor and confidante of the late Vere Cornwall Bird, Father of the Nation.

Son, Andre Pigott, told Observer Media that his father only complained of feeling unwell on Sunday and that yesterday he collapsed on leaving the bathroom. He died before the ambulance could transport him to hospital.

“He served his country well, and one of the things which stand out for me is his honesty and his love for his country and his family,” Andre said. “He never demonstrated at any time he would trade his country for another”

Chairman and Deputy Political Leader of the Antigua Labour Party Gaston Browne described the deceased as a stalwart of the Antigua Labour Party and a very effective organizer who was well respected in the institution.

“As an advisor and confidante of Sir Vere, his contribution to the Labour Party is well known and respected. His integrity was impeccable and he took principled positions.

“On behalf of myself, the leadership and membership of the ALP, I would like to express sincerest condolences.

“I know his passing will be a great loss to the Pigott’s family and I trust that the knowledge of his contribution to the ALP and the advancement of our country will help to assuage their pain,” Browne said.

On a personal note, Browne said Pigott was a good friend who believed in him and would advise him from time to time.

“ His good wishes were so extensive that he would say to me, he would have wanted me to become leader of the country.”

Pigott was frequent caller to Winston Derrick’s Voice of the People programme. Derrick said his contributions would be missed as one who was willing to share his knowledge and to give advice.

Pigott is survived by his wife of 53 years Naomi, eight children, 22 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


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