Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

11/13/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2020 12:02

DOMINICA MOURNS THE LOSS OF A CREOLE LEGEND

Dominica mourns the loss of creole icon, Mr. Felix Henderson, who passed on Tuesday.

The late Felix Henderson will be remembered for his contribution to preserving Dominica's culture and creole language.

Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, said he is saddened by the passing of the creole icon.

In a Facebook message, the Prime Minister expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Dominica to the wife and children of Felix Henderson and to his colleagues at DBS radio and to the entire media fraternity who mourn his passing.

'Felix Henderson was a champion of the creole language who worked tirelessly to preserve this important aspect of our heritage, and a consummate professional who embodied the high ethics and spirit of media and communication in Dominica.'

Felix will be remembered for his witty advertisements known to all Dominicans, and also for the creation of the national schools reading competition that would later be adopted at the oecs level.

Prime Minister Skerrit described Felix Henderson as a true patriot; a legendary Dominican who leaves a lasting impact. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of every Dominican.

Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications and Broadcasting, Honourable Oscar George also extended his sympathies to those who mourn the loss of Mr. Henderson.

'I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends and also the wider Dominican population on the passing of our dear friend Mr. Felix Henderson. Although it was common knowledge that Felix was very ill but I am sure that the information of his passing will always bring sadness to many. And it's at times like these, it is very important that we provide support to the friends and family of any deceased. Felix will definitely resonate as a Dominican hero for his significant contributions to the field of broadcasting and in particular for the creole art form where he changed the mindset surrounding the language especially in the rural areas around Dominica. Felix as we know has received many awards for his work in the creole art form and the humor which he brought to his commercials also made him quite popular and I am sure that his legacy will leave on far into the future. Dominica has lost a very dedicated and committed individual who provided leadership at the community level and who was a true cultural icon. He will definitely go down in our history as someone who has shaped Dominica's culture, and laid the platform for many generations to come. It is now left to the younger ones among us to continue his legacy. I want to say to his family stay strong and keep the faith. I know that he is no longer with us but trust me he is in a better place where he will no longer suffer from illness. We do pray that God continues to watch over his family as they face this very difficult time,' Minister George stated.

We at the Government Information Service extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Felix Henderson.