May they for­ever rest in peace

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And when great souls die, after a pe­riod peace blooms, slowly and al­ways ir­reg­u­larly. Spa­ces fill with a kind of sooth­ing elec­tric vi­bra­tion. Our senses, re­stored, never to be the same, whis­per to us. They ex­isted. They ex­isted. We can be. Be and be bet­ter. For they ex­isted. Maya An­gelou: When Great Trees Fall!

2014 Saint Lu­cia lost sev­eral prom­i­nent sons and daugh­ters. While friends and fam­i­lies mourned, oth­ers asked who would fill the void cre­ated by their pass­ing. Ob­servers, not nec­es­sar­ily cyn­i­cal, be­moaned the lack of of­fi­cial at­ten­tion given cit­i­zens who should long ago have been rec­og­nized for their self­less ser­vice in var­i­ous fields. Over and over the “dead po­ets so­ci­ety” line was heard. Louis Ber­trand George: Two days into 2014, one of He­len’s most af­fa­ble sons, a for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter and out­spo­ken politi­cian, took his last breath. Long had he suf­fered the con­se­quences of di­a­betes. The Mi­coud North par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive was 63 when he passed away on Jan­uary 2. Eli­jah Greenidge: On June 25 the for­mer trade union­ist who had also dab­bled in pol­i­tics and mu­sic lost his bat­tle with can­cer at age 70. Eli, as he was pop­u­larly known, was also a Methodist preacher, a past pres­i­dent of the Ki­wa­nis Club of Castries and a for­mer se­na­tor. He once op­er­ated a very popular elec­tron­ics store in Castries. He also hosted the Sun­day morn­ing re­li­gious TV Pro­gram “Walk in the Light.” Boswell Wil­liams: The for­mer Gov­er­nor Gen­eral died on July 20 at the age of 88. In his po­lit­i­cal hey­day he had rep­re­sented Vieux Fort in the leg­is­la­ture, from 1974 to 1979. He be­came gov­er­nor gen­eral in 1980, dur- ing one of the most tu­mul­tuous years of Saint Lu­cian life. He left of­fice pre­ma­turely in the po­lit­i­cal heat of 1981. Jus­tice Madame Suzie D’Au­vergne: On Au­gust 18, 2014 the is­land lost its first fe­male High Court Judge, one of the most re­spected and revered of na­tive ju­rists. She also had served as the is­land’s first fe­male Solic­i­tor Gen­eral and first fe­male Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions. She was 71. Ed­ward “Chef Harry” Joseph: Per­haps the is­land’s best known hote­lier, Chef Harry passed away on Septem­ber 24, at age 88. Also much ap­preci- ated as a phi­lan­thropist he left an in­deli­ble mark on friends, em­ploy­ees and the nu­mer­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and reg­u­lar cit­i­zens. He op­er­ated the once world-renowned Green Par­rot Ho­tel and Restau­rant at Morne For­tune, with good rea­son. His culi­nary skills were leg­endary and he rep­re­sented Saint Lu­cia at re­lated off-is­land events. Hunter J. Fran­cois: The eru­dite lawyer and politi­cian passed away on Novem­ber 15. He had served as Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and So­cial Ser­vices from 1964 to 1974 and rep­re­sented the East Castries con­stituency for the United Work­ers Party, hav­ing been elected to of­fice in 1964. As Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, Fran­cois helped es­tab­lish the fore­run­ner to Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The in­sti­tu­tion’s li­brary is named in his honor. Fran­cois left the UWP in 1974 and later joined the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party. He con­tested for the Castries Cen­tral seat with­out suc­cess. Hil­ford Deter­ville: On Novem­ber 28, 2014 the for­mer Pres­i­dent of the St. Lu­cia Se­nate and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion passed away in Canada on Novem­ber 28. He was Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate from 1997 to 2003. A stal­wart of the St. Lu­cia Labour Party, he first came to na­tional promi­nence in the late 60s as a fire­brand founder mem­ber of the pres­sure group know as the Fo­rum. He was also a lead­ing mem­ber of the Methodist Com­mu­nity in Saint Lu­cia.

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