Former US Ambassador to T&T Joseph Mondello dead at the age of 84

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.”