Former Barbados government minister Sir Richard Haynes dead at 77

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 24, 2013 – Former finance minister Sir Richard Christopher Haynes has died after a prolonged battle with throat cancer. He was 77.

Sir Richard, a surgeon, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday.

The former opposition leader , who was once dubbed the second most powerful man in Barbados, because of his close relationship with the then prime minister Errol Barrow, is being remembered here as an intellect, an excellent doctor, a wily politician and a fierce, analytical debater.

The former member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) entered elective politics in 1976, contesting his hometown seat of  St George North seat. He was appointed finance minister in 1986.

“Ritchie” as he was popularly known, left the DLP in 1989 to form the National Democratic Party, but returned to the DLP after the party was trounced in the 1991 polls.

He was knighted in 2003, four years after quitting politics. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)