For­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent is Dead

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Aformer Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Se­nate, Hil­ford Deter­ville, has passed away in Canada it was con­firmed Fri­day. Deter­ville, who was re­port­edly very ill, had been re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal care in Canada.

Deter­ville served as Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate from 1997 to 2003 and was also a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion and a for­mer Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner.

On Fri­day the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party paid trib­ute to Deter­ville who was a mem­ber of the party. In a short state­ment read by Win­ston Springer the party first ex­tended con­do­lences to Deter­ville’s fam­ily and friends. “Mr. Deter­ville served his party and the coun­try in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties, first as a teacher then as an economist in the West Indies As­so­ci­ated States, now the OECS. He was also Pres­i­dent of the Sea­men Water­front Work­ers Union, a lawyer, Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate and Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion. He was also a lead­ing mem­ber of the Methodist Com­mu­nity,” Springer said. He also noted that Deter­ville was a found­ing mem­ber in the late 60s and early 70s of a non-po­lit­i­cal group, the Fo­rum. “He cared about Saint Lu­cia and its peo­ple and seemed to know just about the right things to say and do to help oth­ers feel bet­ter and do bet­ter for them­selves,” Springer said.

STAR Pub­lisher Rick Wayne has ex­pressed shock at Deter­ville’s pass­ing. “We are los­ing all th­ese great peo­ple who have made all th­ese great con­tri­bu­tions whether or not we agreed with them. They helped make this so­ci­ety what it is and look­ing around you don’t see any real signs of th­ese peo­ple’s work be­ing taken fur­ther,” Wayne lamented.

A very vo­cal Deter­ville speak­ing at a pub­lic fo­rum.

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