March 10, 2004 by

Harold St. John


Categories: Law, Politicians

Sir Harold Bernard “Bree” St. John, the former prime minister of Barbados, died on Feb. 29 from cancer. He was 72.
St. John studied law at London University, passed the bar and practiced in Barbados and the eastern Caribbean. He joined the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in 1959 then was appointed to the Senate as an opposition representative.
For the next three decades, St. John dedicated himself to public service. When Barbados declared its independence from Great Britain in 1966, he was elected to the House of Assembly. He held several Cabinet positions in the 1970s, including deputy prime minister, minister of trade and industry and minister of tourism. He also spent less than a year as the nation’s prime minister.
The BLP regained power in 1994, and St. John became the country’s deputy prime minister under Owen Arthur. He was knighted that same year.

2 Responses to Harold St. John

  1. Chris Liew

    I am a ex-student that studied in SWITZERLAND in 1980-1983 and I was wondering whether is this gentleman who passed away here is the father of Bryant St.John from Barbados who is my roommate in Les Roches Hotel School in Bluche.If it is him could you inform him to correspond with me on my e-mail address.It is with my deepest sympathy to him and his family.rgds.chris

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