NA-leader Marlin “deeply shocked” by party prominent Lynch’s passing

POSTED: 03/30/11 1:05 PM

St. Maarten – “I am deeply shocked. This has caught me completely off guard,” National Alliance leader William Marlin said Wednesday in a reaction to the death of Edgar Lynch.

“His nephew Henry Lynch called me. At first I thought he was making a joke. Only when he repeated it for the third time did it dawn on me that this was serious.”

Marlin said that he and Lynch had been good friends, and that they had worked together, not only in politics but also in sports writing and broadcasting.

“In politics we have always been on the same side of the fence. When he was not an Island Council-member yet, I used to take my documents to him for safekeeping. He would file them and whenever we needed something he would find it. Edgar had always been one of my advisors. He was a good person and he has lived a good life.”

Marlin said that he knows Lynch as a hard-working man, who was dedicated to his wife Nilda and his family.

“He was a tremendous pillar, not only for his family but also for me.”

The opposition leader said that Lynch served as a Commissioner, an Island Council Member and a State Secretary.

“Always the catalyst, he would get things moving, and he would get the ball rolling.”

Marlin said that Lynch will be greatly missed by his family, by the party and by the St. Maarten community.

“On behalf of my wife and my son and on behalf of the National Alliance family I offer my deepest sympathy. He was a prominent member of the party and he will always be remembered for the work he has done. I pray that God will give strength to his wife Nilda and his family to get through this.”

Reaction in Parliament

MPs began paying homage to Lynch on Tuesday during a Central Committee meeting on Tuesday morning. National Alliance Member of Parliament George Pantophlet called Lynch “a great stalwart of the party”, as he’d witnessed the evolution from it being the St. Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM), to being the St. Maarten Patriotic Alliance (SPA) and then to the NA.

“He has truly done a lot,” Pantophlet said.

At the start of the meeting President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell requested that those present keep the families of Lynch and Eulalie Meyers-Hazel, also recently deceased in their thoughts and prayers. United People’s (UP) Party MP Jules James later expressed condolences to both families on behalf of the faction.

 

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