Former United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Nigeria Walter C. Carrington has died at the age of 90.
The late envoy who recently turned 90 on July 24 died on Tuesday at his home in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Arese, and family members at his bedside.
His wife, Arese, announced the death in an email on Wednesday.
The email read: “It is with a heavy and broken heart, but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity, that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal.”
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.”
“Further announcements will be made shortly.”
“Walter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law.”
“Ralph Waldo Emerson said…It is not the length of life but the depth of life.”
“Walter was fortunate; his life had both length and depth.”
The late Carrington served as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1980 to 1981. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 as the Ambassador to Nigeria, where he remained until 1997. His ties to Nigeria were deep; he married into a Nigerian family and had lived in three Nigerian cities since the late 1960s.