Picture: Patricia de Lille/Twitter

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille has announced the passing of her husband of 49 years Edwin de Lille after a long illness.

She shared the devastating news on social media.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Edwin de Lille, “she wrote.
“He passed away late last night after a long illness. We were married for 49 years and he was a true partner and supporter always giving me the freedom to pursue my work in serving the country.”

She remembers her husband as a loving and caring father who supported her political career. “Our marriage was built on respect. Eddie was a true partner in the sense of the word and never stopped me from following my convictions,” she wrote in a statement.
“There was respect and support until his final days and I will miss him dearly.”