ST GEORGE’S, January 28, 2013 – Grenada’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Michael Denis Lett died at age 74 on Monday, according to family sources.
Lett, who is the Parliamentary Representative for St David, has been ill for a while and was replaced by Adrian Thomas as the candidate for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for next month’s General Election.
He was first elected to the Grenada Parliament in 2003 with more than 52 per cent of the votes cast in his constituency. He was re-elected in the 2008 election with another resounding victory.
Lett attended Presentation College before pursuing a career as a Teacher. Then in 1961 he began training as a Surveyor. In 1967, he went on to pursue an advanced level course at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) in Jamaica. He then worked as a Land Surveyor with the Ministry of Works for 33 years. In 1993, he started his own Land Surveyor’s business, which he operated at Bailles Bacolet.
Despite his busy schedule, he found time to give service to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Catholic Church Council and to several sporting organisations in his constituency. He felt strongly about serving the community.
He engaged in house repairs, building new homes for the less fortunate, providing schoolbooks and uniforms to students as well as hot midday meals, medicine, food parcels and monthly financial contributions to the needy.
Leslie McQueen, originally from St David but resides in the United States paid tribute to the former Parliamentarian.
“It is customary to say good things about a person in death, some of the accolades may or may not be befitting, but every word of praise and commendation used in the name of Dennis Michael Lett is well founded,” he said.
“He was a man of exemplary qualities, which is almost impossible to match by anyone desirous of doing so. I am so pleased to have known him personally and professionally, and while I am not able to walk in his “shoes”, I have learnt a great deal from him as a caring, compassionate human being.
He will be greatly missed. You have done your “leg” of the race Mr. Lett.”
He is survived by six children and was a firm believer in the traditional values of honesty, self-reliance and simple decency.