David Bonadie’s death ‘a big loss’

David Bonadie.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace said yesterday that the death of businessman David Bonadie is “a big loss”.

Bonadie, the owner of Bonadie’s Supermarket No.1 in Kingstown, died in Barbados between 6 and 7 a.m. Sunday while some of his relative were on board a plane to go visit him.

According to reports, Bonadie, a former senator and speaker of the House of Assembly, was flown to Barbados after suffering a stroke two weeks ago but did not survive a second stroke on Sunday.

“That is a big loss,” Eustace said on radio yesterday.

“He has been a very prominent businessman in this country, following in the footsteps of his father over the years. And it’s really a pity to see him pass. He was a strong supporter of ours also and he has been generous to us as a party and it really was for me a painful event to hear of his passing yesterday morning,” said Eustace, a former prime minister.

Bonadie was a senator and Deputy Speaker sometime in the mid 1980s after the New Democratic Party (NDP) came to office in 1984.

“I want to say to … all the family how grieved we are at his passing. It is a difficult time for any family but God, in the end, knows best and he is gone,” Eustace said, adding that he was “very, very saddened indeed”.

“Apart from being a supporter [of the NDP], he was a friend of mine in a personal way. And it is difficult to deal with and it will be difficult to deal with over the next while as funeral arrangements are made,” the East Kingstown representative said.

“I just want to say to them Almighty God is in charge. You never know the day or the hour and, in his case, it has come in the prime of his life, managing a very important business in this country,” Eustace said of the late owner of one of the nation’s three main locally-owned supermarket outlets.

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3 thoughts on “David Bonadie’s death ‘a big loss’

  1. Extraordinary young man and good friend. I told you I would see you again soon when I left the supermarket on my last visit.
    You [are] quite a gentleman friend indeed. We will meet on the other side. I know you will be there for me as you always promised . Peace Brother.

    Posted by Rudy | January 31, 2012, 04:44
  2. My deepest sympathy to the surviving family members & relatives of David Bonadie. just wish tyo make a point here too: Some people may think that God was ready for Mr Bonadie. But that is NOT so. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God takes people’s lives. We die because of the sin we inherited from Adam according to Romans 5:12 & Romans 6:23. Yes, death “passed upon ALL men” and of course women too, since we all inherited sin. Sickness is one of the sad effects of sin- also old age. So God did NOT take Mr Bonadie’s life. Mr Bonadie died as a result of the sin we ALL inherited. Also, think of the way a number of people die, including TRUE Christians- serious sickness & terrible accidents. Could we imagine God causing painful sicknesses and horrible accidents to come upon His TRUE servants in order to take their lives? God, who is love, will NEVER do such a thing. 1 John 4:8. God ALLOWS suffering but He does NOT CAUSE suffering. In the same way, God ALLOWS crime and other forms of wickedness to take place, but God does NOT cause wickedness. Hence, God does NOT do things to make people die because He is ready for them. Therefore, we all die as a result of sin primarily; and accidents, being at the wrong place at the wrong time so to speak. Ecclesiastes 9:11= “time and chance happeneth to (us) all.”

    Posted by Brianna Patterson | March 22, 2012, 06:44
    • There is hope for the dead. God, through His Son Jesus Christ, promises a resurrection. John 5:28, 29; John 11:25. May that hope of the resurrection provide some comfort for Mr Bonadie’s survivng loved ones.

      Posted by Brianna Patterson | March 22, 2012, 06:50

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