Memorial service for Sir John

NEW YORK, USA, September 28, 2007 – Sir John Compton, founding father and late prime minister of St. Lucia, is set to be remembered at a New York memorial service on Sunday.

The service is being presented by the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York in collaboration with several Saint Lucian Associations. It is set for Sunday, September 30th from 4:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 1123 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11213.

A reception and town hall meeting will be held at the church auditorium directly after the memorial service. For more information call (212) 697-9360 or Wilson Jn. Baptiste, at (917)561-8063 for any additional information.

Sir John died on Friday September 7th at the age of 82, following a series of strokes beginning in May. He is survived by a wife and five children.

John George Melvin Compton led Saint Lucia to independence from Britain on February 22, 1979, having previously led the island to associated statehood. Chief Minister from 1964 to 1967, Premier from 1967 to 1979 and the first Prime Minister of the independent Saint Lucia, Compton again became Prime Minister from 1982 to 1996, before returning to the helm of government after last December’s elections. (