The chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Professor Kenneth Julien says former president George Maxwell Richards embodied the ideals of excellence, dedication and compassion.
Professor Julien has joined many offering condolences on the passing of the former president.
The funeral of former President George M/axwell will take place on Wednesday of next week, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said.
The body of the late president will lie in State for two days on Monday and Tuesday and will also be transported through the University of the West Indies where the former president served as principal.
The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs has issued the following statement;
The University of the West Indies has offered condolences to the family of former president George Maxwell Richards.
Richards was the principal of the university's St Augustine Campus before becoming president.
The following is UWI's statement on his passing;
"The University of the West Indies mourns the passing of the 4th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards, a scholar, a colleague, and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus from 1985 to 1996.
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.
News that the family of former president George Maxwell Richards has accepted to offer of a state funeral to be conducted in his honour.
Richards, who served as the country’s fourth president from 2003 to 2013, was admitted to the Westshore Medical Private Hospital after noon yesterday.
There, doctors discovered that that 86-year-old Richards, had an unusual heartbeat.
Richards who died around 7.43 p.m was said to be responsive and in high spirits before before his passing.
The Ministry of National Security has issued an advisory that the national flag should be flown at half-mast in recognition of the passing of former president George Maxwell Richards.
The Ministry issued the following statement last evening;
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has offered condolences on the passing of former President George Maxwell Richards, saying Trinidad and Tobago has lost a much-loved son of the soil.
Maxwell-Richards passed Monday night from a heart attack.
The following is the prime minister's statement;
"It is with great sadness that I received news this evening of the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Professor George Maxwell Richards TC, CM.