Joseph Mondelo, a former United States ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, has passed away. The death was announced by the U.S. Embassy in a news release today.
According to a report by The Guardian, Mondelo represented the United States in Trinidad and Tobago from October 2018 to January 2019. He passed away on Monday at the age of 84, according to the embassy.
Charge’ d’Affaires Shante Moore said, “Ambassador Mondello hired me to serve as his Deputy Chief of Mission, which eventually afforded me the opportunity to serve as Charge’ d’Affaires.
“Ambassador Mondello considered serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago as one of the greatest honors of his career. I remember him as a gentleman and leader with an open-door policy.”
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Cindy Diouf noted that, “Ambassador Mondello was a man of great character and patriotism, and he will be deeply missed.
“He was a natural leader who led by example and cared deeply about those under his leadership and the reputation of the United States.
“He demonstrated courage and commitment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and refused to leave his team even as infections rose and borders closed.
“Ambassador Mondello provided inspiration and steadfast leadership throughout his tenure, earning the respect and admiration of the U.S. Embassy community.
“Ambassador Mondello also possessed a good sense of humor and was a great storyteller. He loved and respected the people of Trinidad and Tobago and was proud to serve his country. Ambassador Mondello was more than our leader; he was our friend.”