The Grand Bassa County Association in the America’s (GBCAA) has stressed that the death of Grand Bassa County Senator John F. Whitfield, Jr. leaves behind a ‘big shoe’ that fits no one else. Dr. ¬¬¬Zachariah Z. Gaye, Chairman of the Board of the GBCAA, described the late Senator’s death as a blow to both Grand Bassa County and the entire country as a whole.
Dr. Gaye, on behalf of the US-based association, said the late Senator Whitfield was very instrumental in identifying with most of the Association’s projects, including its ongoing Dezoe Town project in the county, amongst others.
“He [Senator Whitfield] had expressed his desire to work with us,” Dr. Gaye lamented.
Senator Whitfield, who died on the 17th of January, 2013 following a sudden heart attack, was buried in his hometown in Grand Bassa County on Friday, February 8, 2013 after wakes-keeping and funeral rites were held at the Capitol Building and the National Headquarters of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) in Monrovia and in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, respectively.
The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature. The GBCAA, in a press release, said it was unfortunate that his untimely death occurred and therefore expressed its sincere sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family in particular and the citizens of Grand Bassa County and Liberia in general.
“His death is a blow to us because we were hoping that the Legislative Caucus would help us through his instrumentality and of course he had given us his assurances,” Dr. Gaye stated. The Association believes that the late Senator will be dearly missed by the entire nation for his contribution as a statesman to his country, something he long began even before being elected as senator in late 2011 during the legislative and presidential elections.