Ian Douglas, Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment has reminisced the time he has spent with his mentor the late Ronald Armour.
Armour was an attorney by profession who served with Edward Oliver Leblanc as the representative for the Roseau South Constituency, previously serving on the Roseau City Council. He also served as Deputy Premier, Minister for Communications and Works, Minister for Education and Health, Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry and later after leaving politics as a magistrate.
Speaking to Dominica Vibes on Wednesday August 9 2017 Douglas called Armour who died on Sunday August 6 2017, an extraordinary and brilliant man, having grown close to him.
“Mr. Armour had a what I would call a very photographic memory, he remembered things quite vividly and I remembered things from him,” he said.
Armour he said was like family to him having been married to his aunt with whom he had five children, Douglas’ first cousins.
The minister said being a law student he decided to embark on his training at Armour’s chambers in Portsmouth saying he had “no doubt” when he decided to do so.
“It was a tremendous experience I am very fortunate to have spent that time with Mr. Armour, I really got to know him and the man not only as a person but as a professional, as a business man,” he said of his time as a trainee under Armour.
Douglas added that spending time with the late Armour was always an enjoyable time adding that entering politics after the death of the late prime minister Roosie Douglas deterred him from going back to work at Armour’s chambers a wish of the recently deceased man Douglas said he never got to fulfill.
Armour he described as being a politician, a great professional and a business man having established both accommodation and agricultural businesses during his lifetime.
“I think Mr. Armour in his lifetime did so much that probably it would take five or six men to accomplish collectively and he certainly will be missed,” he said.
The entire town of Portsmouth also loved him, Douglas said explaining, “Although he sat on the bench for a number of years as a magistrate, he was like one of us, he mingled with the community, he chatted with everybody, he had a good word of advice for everybody. I never knew Mr. Armour and anybody in any conflict.”
Armour he said was seen as the “father of the town” and therefore his death is a great loss for the Portsmouth people.
Douglas said he will miss their discussions and the advice that Armour freely gave to him calling him his mentor.
“For me personally I’ll miss Mr. Armour for the many chats and discussions we had and even his political advice. You know his political experience he shared that with me too so I knew Mr. Armour on several different levels and all of them I appreciated every encounter with him,” he said.
Armour he said was a great statesman, community person and professional.
“Lately being a young politician Mr. Armour was all of those and more and he certainly was I can say one of my mentors for sure and I’ll certainly miss him,” he stated.