Pat Hume, the wife of the late SDLP leader and Nobel Prize winner John Hume, has announced his death.
Ms. Hume died at her home in Delhi today after a short illness. In a statement issued through the Hume Foundation, the Hume family said: “We are saddened to announce that Pat Hume died of a brief illness at her home in Delhi this afternoon.
“Pat passed away while she was alive. With the company of her family, she was peaceful and generous to the end.” Pat spent a few days in the hospital in the days leading up to her death and witnessed the excellent work done by the medical staff AND the pressure they face due to Covid. “
The family said funeral arrangements will be announced in her due time and will follow Covid’s instructions. The awakening will be limited to families. They added: “We would like to express our gratitude to the Glendermott Medical Center physicians and nurses, Dr. Aaron Peace, the cardiology, palliative care team and the staff of the Altnagelvin Hospital Ambulatory Care Department, Ambulance Service, and Foyle Hospice. Center Who gave Pat such extraordinary attention?
Her death occurred more than a year after the death of her husband John. Her death elicited much condolences from around the world.
Although Pat Hume is not an elected politician, she is described as a giant in the SDLP and is Hume’s closest confidant and adviser.
When she spoke with Griadans, the former chairman of the Sinn Fein party, she encouraged him to persevere in the face of huge criticism from within and outside the party. In a statement, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood paid tribute to Ms. Hume and described her as a guiding light for her husband.
“Pat’s compassion, strength and strength of character are the driving force behind the peace process and pay tribute to the leadership she has demonstrated throughout her life in Delhi.”
“Without Pat Hume, there would be no peace process in Ireland. This is a simple fact.
“During the long campaign, the compassion, integrity and immense power that defined her incredible character brought us peace, and at times it seemed that there would never be results. Pat never abandoned her faith.”
Her children Aine, Therese, Aiden, John, and Mo survived.