(CMR) Former Member of Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago, Clifton De Coteau, died last week following a workout session.
De Coteau, who had the flu, reportedly collapsed at his home after getting out of his car. It is believed he suffered a heart attack.
Clifton De Coteau was an active member of the United National Congress at the time of his death.
De Coteau joined the political arena in 2003 and served as the Local Government representative for the Electoral District of Inverness/Princes Town until 2010.
He was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Moruga/Tableland in 2010.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said De Coteau was “more than just a UNC representative; he embodied the true beauty of humanity in his actions of kindness, people-centered approach, and love for those around him. It was these qualities which enabled him to be the first UNC MP for Moruga Tableland.”
De Coteau, fondly known as ‘Uncle Coto,' also served his country as a teacher, school principal, and school supervisor, impacting thousands of students' lives, Persad-Bissessar said.
He was also remembered as a sportsman and athlete, participating in marathons, track and field, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling. He was also a professional photographer.