Former education minister dies

By SNO Staff

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Former Education Minister Huntley Francois at a ceremony in Monchy, Gros Islet to name a road in his honour, earlier this year.

Former Education Minister Hunter J. Francois, who was earlier this year honoured by the government with a road named after him in the Gros Islet constituency, died early Saturday, November 15 at Tapion Hospital.

He was 91.

A lawyer by profession, Francois was appointed Minister of Education, Health and Social Services after he won the East Castries seat in the 1964 General Elections while representing the newly-formed United Workers Party (UWP), which had merged with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the National Labour Movement.

He had lost the elections in 1954 (as an independent candidate for Choiseul) and  1961 (as an East Castries candidate for the PPP).

Francois also contested the 1969 and 1974 elections.

He defeated Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader Kenneth Foster for the East Castries seat in 1969, and in 1974 he joined the SLP and won the Central Castries seat.

The Hunter J. Francois Library at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) was named in his honour, having established, during his reign as education minister, a tertiary education complex which set the foundation for the formation of SALCC.

Earlier this year, the government named a road in Monchy, Gros Islet  where he lived, the Hunter J. Francois Drive.

Francois was also a pianist and served as parliamentary commissioner and chairman of the Radio St. Lucia board.

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9 comments

  1. St. Lucia has lost a great son indeed!
    The Francois family, especially the three siblings whom I taught at the Methodist school, will be in my thoughts and prayer.

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  2. You'll just know about that tooooo!!!!!

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  3. RIP Hunter Francois poet/politician, so often doing the honourable thing requires sacrifice, Hunter Francois understood the choices leaders are forced to make. No one can ever accuse him of place his own interest before the interest of the country… that the real political lesson.

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  4. A great Saint Lucian icon who made his mark in the areas of education and music has moved on. He has left a foundation and a legacy for the next generation to build upon.

    Let us hope that a new generation of St. Lucian visionaries will take the bull by the horns and blaze new trails in our development.

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  5. A great St. Lucian!

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  6. His was a very interesting personality with an equally revealing and instructive history in the politics of Saint Lucia. History must record that he was a political winner when he contested election as a candidate of the UWP but lost every election he contested as a candidate for another party. Interesting and colourful piece of social and political history .

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  7. RIP Hon. Francois. Why did we not produce many more to follow in your footsteps? If so, perhaps we would not have so many shysters in government today.

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