Edwin de Lille, the husband of Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille, has died following a long illness.

The De Lille’s were married for 49 years and had one child together, Alistair de Lille.

In paying tribute to her husband, Minister de Lille remembered him as a loving father and husband who supported her throughout her political career, giving her the freedom to fully pursue her work.

“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. There was respect and support until his final days and I will miss him dearly,” she said.

Edwin de Lille had previously suffered a stroke on October 11, 2012, and had suffered from hypertension and diabetes.

Attached to the post was a statement issued by the minister and her son Alistair, and pictures of her husband and their family