Former St. Lucian governor general passes away

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Boswell Williams

Former Governor General Boswell Williams passed away at his Sans Souci, Castries home today, July 20.

He was 88.

Williams, born in 1926, represented Vieux Fort in the legislature from 1974 to 1979 and was chosen by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to carry out the position of governor general of the island on June 19, 1980, replacing Sir Allen Montgomery Lewis, father of the former Prime Minister Vaughan Lewis.

Williams was initially acting governor general, becoming governor general in December 1981 (until December 1982).

He had to confront the most serious constitutional crisis in the history of Saint Lucia soon after the rejection of Prime Minister Allan Louisy’s budget proposal.

After little more than two years in the position, he resigned on December 13, 1982.

 

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32 comments

  1. I was suggested this web site through my cousin. I'm now not sure whether this post
    is written by means of him as no one else recognize such specified about my difficulty.
    You're amazing! Thank you!

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  2. I am the oldest son of bruce williams sorry to hear about uncle Boswell death I no this is a sad moment but I wish t he family all the best

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  3. My condolences to the family of former Governor Boswell Williams. It was a pleasure to work for him and the Family. He employed me as a cook @ Government House.

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    • I just read this. Thank you for your kind words. I am one of his daughters and remember you. Tomorrow May 16th is his birth day. He is missed.

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  4. Concerned Citizen

    My condolences to the immediate and extended families of Mr. Boswell Bennie Williams. May he rest in perfect peace. As to whether he was known or unknown (those who mattered knew him)Mr Williams was a son of St. Lucian soil and made his contribution. When he gets before the creator he will not be asked who knew him.

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  5. The fact that you have never heard of Mr. Williams, is the product of your own ignorance. Look at the time frame that's in reference; are you guys serious? Your generation is marching to It's demise globally!

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  6. lol, i suspect alot of St Lucians know of this gentleman. I was 5 yrs old in 79 and I know of him. Just seems that most of the viewers to this site are not the informed and information seeking type, well with a couple of exceptions.

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  7. He is the most HUMBLE Go you will ever come across.

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  8. Chester Williams

    My family and I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments.

    (His son).

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  9. My condolence to Kathy, Celia and Sandra :-O

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  10. I knew his family, Two of children were in my class VBCS. His wife taught at the La clery School. H was Labour party man back in the days.

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  11. It truly is a shame that he is not known widely. I have been trying to get a photo of him for the past 2 years and the only one I could find was the one in this article. As a former Governor General, his photo should have been on the Government's website. I plan to call the Consulate in NY tomorrow to see if they have a better photo of him.

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    • You are right. So far nothing on the:

      SLP website: http://www.voteslp.com/
      Government Website http://www.govt.lc/
      Or the UWP website http://uwpstlucia.org/
      Gov House website is down

      I suppose life does stop for Carnival.
      So maybe today 1/2 we folks may see "stuff"

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      • The Gov House Website moved to http://governorgeneral.govt.lc/ not that it is has mentioned the death of a GG.

        The homepage has not been updated for awhile as they still have the 2013 Queen's Honours listed.

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  12. Sorry,but i thought he had passed a long time ago.R.I.P.

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  13. If after 35 years this GG is reduced to less than a footnote, this says a lot. Imagine all those crooked party hacks and yardfowls without a moral compass, swallowing their pride and stifling their consciences, in support of the wrongdoings of PMs and their party members. In exchange, they are showered in national honours when their parties gain power. Today we have such in the SLP's en rouge-nista.

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  14. RIP Mr Williams.

    I agree we need to do more to document and teach or local history. Perhaps the reason so little is known about Mr Williams is that many of us, the period during which he was GG (1979 - 1982) is one we would prefer to forget.

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  15. It is a shame that some of us know nothing about Mr. William a former governor of our country. Where have we gone wrong? What can we do to preserve the history of our people? Please, let the young ones learn about the men and women who contributed to help build this country whether they served at the top, middle or carried a bunch of bananas or a coal bag. People, wake up, we are losing our history, we are losing our selves.

    MAY HE REST IN PERFECT PEACE.

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    • >>>>>What can we do to preserve the history of our people?<<<<

      Start with an online search.
      The History is there.
      Start a collection.
      Order and read.
      Here are a few to start you off...

      Unsung War Heroes of Saint Lucia: Honouring Saint Lucia's Servicemen and Servicewomen & Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II
      http://books.google.com/books/about/Unsung_War_Heroes_of_Saint_Lucia.html?id=7Nb9cQAACAAJ

      Iconic Saint Lucians: A Commemorative Edition
      http://books.google.com/books?id=Vrk6mwEACAAJ&dq=iconic+st+lucians&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8i_NU9vTF-fNsQS6woDQAQ&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA

      Robert Devaux
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_4?ie=UTF8&field-author=Robert+Devaux&search-alias=books&text=Robert+Devaux&sort=relevancerank

      A. L. Dawn French
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_price-asc-rank?qid=1405955172&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cp_27%3AA.+L.+Dawn+French&sort=price-asc-rank (shortcut
      http://tiny.cc/dawnnboooks )

      Rupert J Branford - Outstanding sports personalities of St. Lucia
      http://www.amazon.com/Outstanding-sports-personalities-St-Lucia/dp/9768180099/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1405955420&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=rupert+branford

      Landing on Solid Ground by Bernard C. Theobalds
      http://books.google.com/books/about/Landing_on_Solid_Ground.html?id=_IaOngEACAAJ

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    • The National Archives at Vigie has a collection of Portraits complete with information on persons of different walks of life, from different fields who have made an impact on Saint Lucia's history. CHECK THEM OUT!!

      RIP MR WILLIAMS

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  16. Really , I am flabagasted goes to show our history is dead 37 and never heard of him huh wonder why.

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    • This may not console you - but if no one told you then you cannot be faulted for not knowing. I know of him cause I was 15 when he became GG during the Oldum/Louisy Power Struggle of 79-82.

      We cannot assume those who follow will know "stuff"

      So as the older gen what am I doing about the gap? Well based on what I have read here, I am contacting my friends with pre-schools and my friends with kids at pre-schools. I want them to start a "Who is that?" Class.

      Model 1: Starting with Boswell Williams the teacher can tell the kids.

      Model 2: The children can interview mum, dad or gran to learn about a person, then come to school to tell the rest of the class.

      Nothing high tech. Just good ole show and tell. We are losing our history and we need to change this trend.

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      • Check it out. https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/did-you-know-governor-general-history/

        Keep up the series!!!

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  17. First we taught European History.
    Now we teach Caribbean History.

    We need to also teach Saint Lucian History. It was only 35 years ago that Boswell Williams was GG and the next gen of Lucians don't know him. 35 years is nothing in historic timelines.

    Part of (not all) of our social problems is that we don't know who we are. We say we are descendants of Kings and Queens. But WHO are they?

    Calypso will always be right. Remember...
    1) Dead Hero Society
    2) Where are they now?

    SMH.

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  18. Condolences to the family. Will miss his presence at Serenity Park.

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  19. He was in the tick of 79-82 crisis.
    May he rest in peace.
    After he retired he kind of keep to himself.

    I managed to get one interview with him.
    The results are are in Profile: Governors General of Saint Lucia
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8YH5RI

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  20. true never hear of mr williams

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  21. i am 37 years old, and its my first time hearing af this gentleman.
    RIP sir

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  22. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  23. May u rest in perfect. Peace sir

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  24. My condolences to the family of former governor Boswell William

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  25. I wonder why I've never heard of him

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