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The life of former Governor General of Saint Lucia, His Excellency Boswell Bennie Williams, was celebrated and his body laid to rest, following a state funeral on Saturday, held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries.
Born Sunday, May 16, 1926 in Vieux Fort to Solomon and Emma Williams, he was the ninth of ten children and the last of five boys in the family.
Mr. Williams attended the Vieux Fort Primary School and later, the Castries Intermediate School. Following graduation he worked at the Vieux Fort Registry and later at the U.S. Military Base in Vieux Fort.
He became a member of parliament in June 1974 when he won the Vieux Fort North seat on a Saint Lucia Labor Party ticket, having served as SLP General Secretary several years prior.
Mr. Williams was appointed Governor General in Feb. 1980 and served until he resigned in Dec. 1982.
He was an avid reader, holding in-depth discussions on a wide range of topics; had a keen interest in the arts and encouraged his friend, artist Dunstan St. Omer (designer of Saint Lucia’s flag) to pursue his talents.
He is survived by his wife, Joycelyn Williams, seven of his eight children, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and one great, great grandson.