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Sir Frederick “Sleepy” Smith passes away

Respected legal luminary Sir Frederick Smith has died.

Smith, 92, a former judge, politician and Government minister passed away at home this evening.

Born on July 6, 1924, Sir Frederick was educated at Combermere School from 1934 to 1936, and Harrison College, from 1936 to 1944.


His legal career began with studies at Grays Inn, London in 1949 and three years later he established a private practice in Barbados.

Shortly after Smith embarked on a career in politics and cemented himself in the ranks of the Democratic Labour Party.

He first served on the party’s Provisional General Council and was elected as the first party Chairman from 1955 to 1956.   

Sir Frederick held several ministries after being elected to the House of Assembly in 1956. He served as Attorney General of Barbados from 1966 to 1971. He also held the portfolios of the  Communications and Works from 1971 to 1975; and Education and Sports, from 1975 to 1976.  He was also Leader of the Opposition from 1976 to 1978.

Sir Frederick who never lost his love for law has also served on the regional stage. He was a former Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos and a former president of the Court of Appeal of Grenada.

He received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, in November 1987, and was conferred with the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws in 2006, by Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

In November 2012, the St James Secondary School was renamed the Frederick Smith Secondary School in his honour.



3 Responses to Sir Frederick “Sleepy” Smith passes away

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks July 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Rip sir, a true son of the soil, condolences to his family, friends, politicians and the judicial family

  2. recoanthony July 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    my sympathy to ur family, may his soul r.i.p

  3. Valarie Rock
    Valarie Rock July 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Condolences to Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell n family.


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