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Monday, June 7, 2011 –  A family man, a father who was always there, a community worker, a man of passion for things community, a love for both the young and the old, an individual who you could always count on to be there.    That’s how Pauline Medar described her father and former governor general of Saint Lucia, Sir Stanislaus Anthony James.

“A very humble guy, I would say full of integrity and yes his sense of humour which took us some time to get use to.”

“A legacy of love of country, a legacy of caring for people—that I think is what he has left for the country, for us, love for family.   He was a religious man as well.”


Sir Stanislaus James was the third of nine children born to Raymond James and Theresa James nee Du Suzay on the 13th of November, 1919, in the town of Soufriere.


After his early education in both Soufriere and Castries, Sir Stanislaus attended a two year training course at the Government Training College for teachers in Trinidad.   While working as a qualified and trained assistant, Sir Stanislaus recognised a need for a tutorial programme to assist other teachers who had previously failed the exam in becoming qualified.   Sir Stanislaus volunteered his time after school hours successfully increasing the number of qualified teachers on the island.    As a result of this in 1944 he was appointed the first Supervisory teacher on the island.   By 1946 Sir Stanislaus became the first Saint Lucian to obtain a Diploma in Education.


During his years of service Sir Stanislaus James was also appointed head of the Public Relations and Social Welfare Department, transmitting the island’s first news broadcast and establishing a Boys Training Centre in Massade, Gros Islet, to introduce the game of volleyball to the island


In 1974 Sir Stanislaus retired from the Saint Lucia Public Service and was immediately requested to serve as the Government’s Liaison Officer for Voluntary Organisations.   In 1988 Sir Stanislaus prepared a national Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan for Saint Lucia, which saw implementation soon after.  


Sir Stanislaus has been accredited with making significant contribution in government as an architect of social programmes in a number of areas of social intervention, including the formation of the National Insurance Scheme Scheme (NIS) and a continued focus on youth development programmes for clubs and sports groups.


Of equally great significance was his founding of the Saint Lucia School for the Deaf and Blind, the National Council for the Disabled as well as his national wide coordination of the Peace Corps.


In 1988 he was appointed to Acting Governor General, was subsequently appointed Governor General and held this position until 1996 when he retired.


Sir Stanislaus Anthony James will be accorded a state funeral on Tuesday May 7 at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The service is scheduled to commence from 2:30 p.m.

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