St Kitts-Nevis high commissioner to Jamaica dies at 87

Friday, August 31, 2018

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PRIME Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris has extended “heartfelt condolences”, on behalf of his Government and people, to the family and loved ones of the late Cedric Harper, who served as that island's high commissioner to Jamaica since 2001.

Harper has died at the age of 87.

“Cedric Harper had a distinguished 35-year career as a diplomat who was highly regarded as an endearing and effective representative for St Kitts and Nevis. I am honoured to have learned at his feet, particularly when I served as minister of foreign affairs between 2001 and 2008. With dedication, dignity and diplomatic aplomb, he served his country well,” the prime minister said in a statement Wednesday.

Harper joined the Consular Corps in Jamaica in the capacity of honorary consul general of St Kitts and Nevis, serving in that position from 1983 to 1999 and as consul general from 1999 to 2000 before being appointed high commissioner for St Kitts and Nevis to Jamaica in 2001. From 2001 to 2014, Harper also served as non-resident ambassador for St Kitts and Nevis to the Republic of Cuba.

He served in various capacities at the Mona, Jamaica campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. He then started his law practice, working full-time up to 2000.

Harper was born in Cayon, St Kitts on September 25, 1930. From 1948 to the mid-1960s, he worked as an assistant teacher in Basseterre, St Kitts then as a headmaster in Gingerland, Nevis.

He was recipient of an Award of Excellence in Teaching from Sir Kenneth Blackburne, governor of the Leeward Islands (1955), a St Kitts and Nevis Independence Honours Award for his contributions to education and public service (1988), and a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) conferred by Queen Elizabeth II (2005).

Prime Minister Harris yesterday extended sympathies to his daughter, Adrienne, and his son, Douglas, as well as his sisters, Dora Stevens and Myrtle Heath, who both live in Antigua, and his cousin, Sylvia Manning-Gumbs who lives in St Kitts.

Harper was married to Dr Barbara Lyle-Harper.

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