Stuart Dalgliesh, a leader in business, manufacturing and construction and a past president of the TT Manufacturers Association (TTMA), died suddenly in Grenada earlier this week.
Dalgliesh, 69, was CEO emeritus of SCL (Trinidad) Ltd and the SCL group of companies.
In a statement Thursday, SCL Ltd said his death was a shock as he was “sharp, articulate and well organized” half an hour before he died.
Dalgliesh has been described as an “outspoken leader” and “patriot” who lived the hard work lessons taught by his late mother Esther, the company said.
Dalgliesh leaves behind his wife Suzanne, son Gordon and daughter Laura. His older brother Ian and his sister Sheila have also passed away.
âStuart was a pioneer in the construction industry and his expertise was trusted by many. He was a man with foresight and foresight, hardworking, committed and extremely people-oriented, âsays the company.
Management also spoke of his humor and generosity, especially for the less fortunate. He also enjoyed fishing and sailing on his Abracadabra boat and celebrated his recent birthday with his wife in the Grenadines. He spent his last moments on the boat.
“In his memory, we are committed to leading both SCL and our own private lives by example and voice to help us make decisions that make him proud and honor his exemplary legacy.”
In a press release, the TTMA described him as a pioneer who was instrumental in its history.
âHe worked hard to make our current office building our home. His vision of a unified regional sector was realized during his tenure as President of TTMA when he initiated meetings with other associations under the banner of the Caribbean Federation of Industry and Commerce, âsaid TTMA President Tricia Coosal.
Coosal said he will always devote his time and resources to helping the manufacturing industry and has a particular passion for helping small and medium-sized businesses.
TTMA CEO Dr. Ramesh Ramdeen said Dalgliesh always offered a helping hand in business development despite his resignation from the presidency in 2003.
“His legacy will live on through the important work that TTMA continues to do, following the precedent set by Mr. Dalgliesh, to promote and secure the future of the local manufacturing industry.”
In a press release, the Ministry of Trade and Industry also welcomed Dalgliesh’s contribution to manufacturing, trade and local business development. He noted that as TTMA President he had led missions to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Aruba and Curacao.
“These trade missions would later generate profits for many of the participating companies,” the ministry said. He also recognized his role in Caricom’s trade negotiations with the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
“Over the years these agreements have created immense opportunities for businesses in the region. Mr. Dalgliesh’s contribution to the process and implementation is remarkable and has served national and regional interests.”
The ministry welcomed the growth of the SCL group under his leadership into “a regional powerhouse”.
“Today, thanks to consistent innovation, hard work and foresight, the group has been operating for over 40 years with 30 years of export experience. SCL has four core divisions and five retail stores in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana. There are also five distributors in Suriname, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten and St. Lucia.
“Mr. Dalgliesh will be proudly remembered as a local economic pioneer and staunch advocate of trade.”