Former MP Sir Selvyn Walter dies

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Former Member of Parliament, journalist and prolific writer, Sir Selvyn Walter has died.

Sir Selvyn passed away this morning at his residence.

He was a member of the Progressive Labour Movement that was swept to victory in 1971, the general elections that saw even V.C. Bird losing his seat in St. John’s Rural West
to Selvyn Walter himself. Sir Selvyn served as the island’s former Minister of Economic Development and Tourism.

As the brother of Premier Sir George Walter, journalist/author Sir Selvyn Walter has single-handedly chronicled many fascinating histories of Antigua. His writings including the story of cricket, Antigua as the birthplace of the steel drum, and subtle stories of politics and power throughout the Caribbean.

More to come.

Sir Selvyn being Knighted in 2013

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Condolences to the family of this Antiguan icon, Sir Selvyn Walter who left an indelible mark in the field of politics and journalism. You have made a worthy contribution to this beloved country of ours. R.I.P.

  2. Anon the 1st I agree with your sentiments completely and am very happy that we can agree on something. Sir Selvyn has indeed made a stellar contribution to this nation. RIP my brother!

  3. Great man, my memory as a child was going to get some sweet plums from the big Plumtree he had in his yard on high street. Remember how he beat VC and run him to rural north and helped to start halcyon steel band.

  4. “When to their airy hall my father’s voice shall call my spirit, joyful in their choice; when poised upon the gale my form shall ride or dark in mists descend the mountain’s side; Oh may my shade behold no sculptured urns to mark the spot where dust to dust returns…. My epitaph shall be my name alone. If that with honour fail to crown my clay, oh may no other fame my deeds repay. That, only that shall single out the spot. By that remembered or with that forgot.”
    Lord Byron

    Condolences to the family and friends of Sir Selvyn.

  5. All would agree he was an interesting person. He’s dead now and it’s no use to re-fight the old battles. Rest in Peace.

  6. I will always remember as a teenager going to that that small bread shop at the top of long street to buy a rock and a drink, and i will leave an hour later having gained lots of information, knowledge and wisdom. cost of Rock and drink, $6.00, Cost of knowledge, priceless.

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