Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has paid tribute to former president George Maxwell Richards who passed on Monday night.
Persad-Bissessar called him a statesman and true son of the soil.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader;
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this country’s fourth President, Professor George Maxwell Richards, TC, CM.
I remember him as honourable, patriotic and noble, and he served Trinidad and Tobago with distinction in his role as Head of State.
During my term as Prime Minister, I valued his sound advice, and I recall his wit and wisdom during our consultations, and although we may have had differing views at times, he was always willing to listen.
Trinidad and Tobago has lost a statesman and a true son of the soil.
Professor Richards has left a legacy of excellence and service to his country, both in academia and during his term as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
On behalf of the United National Congress and on my own behalf, I extend our deepest condolences to Professor Richards’ family, and we join the national community in mourning the loss of this notable and exemplary individual.
It is my hope that Professor George Maxwell Richards’ life will serve to inspire our young people to aspire to greatness. Let us remember and honour his contributions to our country."