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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The federation is mourning the death of former governor Sir Probyn Inniss.

Sir Probyn was known for his work as a historian and lawyer, and did not shy away from commenting in the media on the social and political climate in the country.

He is most likely to be remembered however, in his role as head of state. 

Sir Probyn Ellsworth Inniss was born November 18 in 1936.

Available information states that he was the Governor of St Kitts Nevis and Anguilla from 1975 to 1980, and then following the separation of Anguilla, the governor of St Kitts and Nevis from 1980 to 1981.

Among those paying tribute on his passing – Prime Minister Timothy Harris.

“He was an eminent citizen of St Kitts and Nevis and he had a deep and enduring love for his country. We saw that reflected throughout the course of his life, both as a distinguished civil servant turned governor and latterly hold the office of Governor, we saw him serve with distinction as a lawyer and just as a humble fellow citizen who wanted the best for St Kitts and Nevis. I think he will be remembered best for his humility in service to a big cause, I think largely he was a big picture man who wanted to see St Kitts and Nevis succeed and all indices that were important so to my mind his humility is what comes easiest to mind. The way he went about doing whatever he did without looking credit and noticement, but just doing it because he deeply believe that it was for a public good.”

Opposition MP and Chairperson of the Labour Party Marcella Liburd tells Winn FM that Sir Probyn will be sorely missed.

“He was a personal friend of mine and as a matter of fact I visited him on Wednesday in the hospital and we had a good chat and a good laugh so you could understand the shock to me when I heard that he had passed because when we spoke on Wednesday, to me, it was nothing close to death. We made jokes, he shook my hand, he wished me happy International Women’s Day so it was really shocking to me. I think he will be deeply missed because he is a very noted historian so he’s really a treasure in that regard and so we will certainly miss all of his statements about our history and I think we really need to look at his books and see how we can really learn what he has written in terms of our history. As a historian I think he will be missed, as a lawyer he will be missed, he was also very faithful to his church and certainly to me as a friend.”

One of his lawyer colleagues Queens Counsel Emille Ferdinand describes Sir Probyn as a gentleman, who as a lawyer and church leader was very influential in the community.

“He was an independent thinker and a historian of note, all of those elements made Sir Probyn of great value to his community and he contributed in every sphere of activity. When he served a governor he was effectively our head of State because our Governors and Governor-Generals do not take instructions from England, so in those areas in which they exercised independent judgement under the constitution or the relevant law, Sir Probyn would have undoubtedly exercised his own judgement.”

QC Ferdinand too, says Sir Probyn will be greatly missed.

Health expert Dr Patrick Martin also commented on his passing, expressing confidence  Sir Probyn’s work as a historian and his writings will long be remembered.


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