Edward Registe, a Minister in Dominica's Government dead at age 50

Edward Registe, a Minister in Dominica’s Government dead at age 50

Edward Registe died on Wednesday, August 1; news reports out of Dominica stated he died due to a heart attack. He was only 50.

Registe was best known as a social worker before entering politics, where he was first appointed in 2014 as a government senator in the Dominica Labour Party Government. He was appointed as the Minister for State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business, and Diaspora Relations, with special responsibility for Diaspora Relations.

Registe was admitted to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital late on August 31, 2021, and he passed away in the early hours of September 1, 2021.

Born in the village of Grandbay, A labour party stronghold, his association with the Dominica Labour Party went back many years. In 2014, he was appointed as the Senator of the Dominica Labour Party.

Registe also served as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of Dominica. He also formerly held the position of General Secretary in Dominica Labour Party.

In the 2019 general elections on Dominica, Edward Registe, for the first time, contested the general elections in the Grand Bay constituency and won. He was designated as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business, and Diaspora Relations, with Specific responsibility for Diaspora Relations in the Roosevelt Skerrit, lead the government.

As the news of his sudden death broke, one news reported the people of Dominica were shocked by his sudden death. The social media was flooded with messages of condolences from all over Dominica and the diaspora. People recalled him as a parliament representative with the most powerful voice.

The Government Information Service pays tribute to Hon. Edward Registe, Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business, and Diaspora Relations passed away on September 1, 2021.

Ed Registe Remembered

The Prime Minister of Dominica releases the following message: “It is with great sadness that I join the Government.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Remebers Ed.

Honorable Registe passed early this morning, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital.

Ed was a true friend, and I am devastated by his loss. I will miss his kindness, warmth and compassion, loyalty, sound and reasoned advice in governance matters, and steady leadership as General Secretary of the Dominica Labour Party.

Ed was committed to the development of people and the community. He served as President of Dominica’s National Youth Council for many years as a mentor and motivational leader for hundreds of Dominican youth. 

Edward Registe, a Minister in Dominica's Government dead at age 50 1

Grand Bay and Dominica have lost a stalwart leader who inspired and cared for many and devoted his life to service. As Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency, he was attuned to the needs of his people and a passionate champion of their interests. He also served as Chairman of the Grand Bay Village Council and President of the Grand Bay Credit Union for several years.

In the Cabinet, we will honour Ed’s legacy by seeking to implement the many programmes and projects he proposed to improve the lives of his constituents. We will remember him, always, for his sterling contribution to the development of Grand Bay and Dominica.

I extend deepest sympathies to his mother, Mrs. Magdalene Registe, the rest of his family, his constituents, and many others who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.

May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.” || Other Dominicans that pass away

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  1. Here is the Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit statement on the death of Honorable Edward Registe, the Grand Bay parliamentarian.

    With great sadness, I join with the Government and People of Dominica in mourning the untimely passing of Honourable Edward Registe, the Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations.

    Hon. Registe passed early this morning, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital. Edward Registe was a true friend, and I am devastated by his loss. I will miss his kindness, warmth, compassion, loyalty, sound and reasoned advice in matters of governance, and steady leadership as General Secretary of the Dominica Labour Party.

    With great sadness, I join with the Government and People of Dominica in mourning the untimely passing of Honourable Edward Registe, the Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations.

    Hon. Registe passed early this morning, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital.

    Edward Registe was a true friend, and I am devastated by his loss. I will miss his kindness, warmth, compassion, loyalty, sound and reasoned advice in matters of governance, and steady leadership as General Secretary of the Dominica Labour Party.

    Ed was committed to the development of people and the community. He served as President of Dominica’s National Youth Council for many years as a mentor and motivational leader for hundreds of Dominican youth. He also served as Chairman of the Grand Bay Village Council and President of the Grand Bay Credit Union for several years.

    As Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency, he was attuned to the needs of his people and a passionate champion of their interests. Grand Bay and Dominica have lost a stalwart leader who inspired and cared for many and devoted his life to service.

  2. His Excellency President Charles Savarin of Dominica delivered an address on the death of the late Hon. Edward Registe.

    The passing of the Honourable John Fitzgerald Edward Registe in the early hours of Wednesday, 1st September 2021, came as a shock to me. I listened to the Prime Minister’s Statement on DBS on the morning of Wednesday, 1st September, in total shock and disbelief.

    A little after 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 31st August, I received a message to the effect that Ed Registe had suffered a stroke and had been rushed to hospital. Then a little after 7.00 pm, I received another message from a different source informing me that if I had heard that Ed had suffered a stroke, I should ignore it, as it was not a stroke but about gout, and he was feeling better.

    It was, therefore, a total shock to hear this dreadful news of his passing a mere twelve (12) hours I was able to speak with his Mom, Mrs. Magdalene Registe, the same Wednesday and conveyed my condolences and that of my family and to assure her of the support of the Government and people of Dominica in her moment of grief. She informed me what a rock Ed had been in her life and that of the household since she was not in good health, neither was her sister, but it was all in God’s hands.

    Ed is the second Parliamentary Representative of Grand Bay to die in Office. The first was Pierre Charles, who passed on 6th January 2004, only three (3) years after assuming the Office of Prime Minister. He had succeeded Rosie Douglas, who passed on 1st October 2000, only eight (8) months after becoming Prime Minister.

    Rosie had won his election in Portsmouth in 2000 with 90.52% of the vote. Pierre Charles won his election in Grand Bay in 2000 with 80.4% of the vote, and Ed Registe won his election in Grand Bay in 2019 with 87.89% of the vote. All three were champions, unrivaled in their popular support in their constituencies, dedicating their lives to service, and had passed on virtually at their desks. They are true national heroes.

    Ed’s passing has created a void in the lives of his Mom and immediate family and the political, cultural, community, and religious life of the Grand Bay Constituency and the wider Dominican community. Anyone who knew Grand Bay knew Ed or, at the very least, knew about Ed, and the same can be said of the Labour Party, as he served as General Secretary and organizer of the Labour Party in opposition and government.

    As a Senator, Deputy Speaker, Parliamentary Representative for Grand Bay, and Minister of Government, Ed Registe has made his mark on the Parliament of Dominica. His unique voice in Parliament, on the political platform, and on the airwaves as a former staff member of DBS and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of DOWASCO will remain with all who knew him.

    My wife Clara joins me in conveying to his bereaved parents, immediate family and loved ones, Members of Cabinet, constituents, staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, the Executive Members of the Dominica Labour Party, and to all those at home and abroad who mourn his passing, our deepest condolences on this very sad occasion.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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