NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chief Councilor George Cornish passed away in hospital this morning.
Cornish was an aspiring candidate to run for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the North Abaco constituency against current North Abaco MP Darren Henfield in the 2022 general elections, the party revealed.
PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis, in a statement expressing his condolences, lamented that “as fate would have it, he (Cornish) would not be given that opportunity — cut down in the prime of his life with such promise ahead of him”.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of one of Abaco’s community leaders and prominent local politicians, my friend and colleague George Cornish, the chief councilor for Central Abaco,” Davis said.
“George was greatly committed to the advancement of Abaco and made his remarkable contributions through public service and in particular elected office in local government. In his official capacity as chief councilor, he impacted the lives of the residents in his district and influenced every aspect of community life in Abaco.”
Davis added, “His sudden passing has left a significant leadership void in Abaco and huge shoes to be filled. A supporter of the progressive movement, we thank him for his service to the island of Abaco he dearly loved and the country he desired and aspired to serve.”
PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell also issued a statement of condolence, saying he was in a state of disbelief as Cornish’s death was “a great personal loss” to him.