Michael Burton, who represented the United Progressive Party in the City South constituency in the last election, has died.
News reached the Party on Thursday afternoon, May 6, that Burton had succumbed after a long illness and treatment in the United States.
The Party’s Leadership, Executive and Membership were thrown into mourning at the loss of a brother whom they described as “always willing;” “the ultimate team player;” and a man who “never said ‘No.’”
“It was always our hope that he would come back to us and be a part of the change he longed for and worked toward,” says Political Leader Harold Lovell on behalf of his colleagues. “He made a decision and gave a commitment to this Party and he honoured it.”
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his entire family, but especially to his wife and children,” Lovell adds. “We feel and share their loss.”
The former Deputy Political Leader, Willmoth Daniel, was also shaken by the news, saying, “This hit me hard.” And former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and his family shared their grief at the passing of Burton, whom they considered a friend.
The aspiring politician, who was fondly tagged“Burton for Certain,” was a well-known businessman in the Ovals/Ottos community and, before that, served the United States Army in the Middle East.
A committed “loyal son of Joseph,” Burton also served his alma mater, St. Joseph’s Academy, as a PTA president, and was a supporter of the Mary E. Piggott Primary School; the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Catholic Church; and the Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda.
He attended South College and was a graduate of Alabama State University, where he earnied a degree in Business Administration.