Sir Roy Marshall passes
“A true Barbadian titan of the 20th Century.”
That is how the late legal luminary Sir Roy Marshall was described by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, hours after he died this morning at the age of 93.
The eminent jurist helped draft the Barbados Constitution, chaired the National Commission on Law and Order, worked on reform of the Legal Profession Act, had the distinction of being the first Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council, and served as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies from 1969 to 1974, Vice Chancellor of Hull University in England, and Chairman of the Commission on Racial Equality in the United Kingdom.
Noting that he remained humble in spite of his many achievements, Mottley said: “His brilliance was never tainted by arrogance of any type in spite of his tremendous accomplishments locally, regionally and internationally. Those accomplishments placed him in that rare group of Barbadians who truly, by their living, have brought credit to their country and their region.”
Mottley further recalled that Sir Roy’s work in drafting the Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act was instrumental in improving the lives of the thousands of Barbadians who would otherwise have found it extremely difficult to become landowners at the time.
“I shall truly miss Sir Roy and his counsel. He was for me a bridge to an earlier time that made more real and personal my understanding of the journey which we have travelled as a people,” she said of the man who was her advisor when she was Attorney General between 2001 and 2006.
“His embodiment of the classic Barbadian virtues reinforces in me why we must fight to continually instill them in our children as the anchor that will keep them rooted as they navigate their way through a challenging world still brimming with opportunities for them.
“I thank God for his life his work and for the opportunity to have received his counsel,” Mottley added.