The Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Ernest Hilaire, has taken to his social media account to pay his heartfelt tribute to the highly respectable and experienced veteran journalist Guy Ellis. Ellis served in the journalism industry of Saint Lucia for a career that spanned more than 60 years.
Guy Ellis died on Sunday, February 12, 2023. At the time, he was surrounded by family members. The reports state that the medical authorities place the cause of his death as a heart-attack, which happened around 7:30 PM.
In his tribute message, Deputy Prime Minister Hilaire noted that he was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of the Saint Lucian journalist. He also described Guy Ellis as an icon of Saint Lucian journalism. Ellis started his career as a young news reporter with the Voice in May 1962. He rose to the occasion and climbed the corporate ladder of his career to become Managing Editor of two newspapers: The Voice and The Mirror.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Ernest Hilaire credited the Saint Lucian Journalism pioneer for being an international news correspondent, author and historian, journalism lecturer and Consultant. He expressed in his social media post that he used to pay heartfelt tribute to Guy Ellis was excellence itself.
Deputy Prime Minister Hilaire took the opportunity to pay his tribute to ellis stating that He exemplified the qualities of a true journalist. These qualities included balanced independent thought, analytical integrity and accurate reporting. Deputy Prime Minister Hilaire stated that Guy Ellis was a skilful editor and writer. He always maintained the highest standards of his trade.
Minister Hilaire noted lauded his career achievements stating that In this era of fake news and information technology that has created instant journalists, Saint Lucia and th world will miss the qualities of a Guy Ellis.
Minister Hilaire confessed that He is an example to be emulated by young aspiring journalists of Saint Lucia. Finally, he took the opportunity to extend sincere condolences to his family, friends and the media fraternity on the behalf of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.