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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.