Government expresses regret at passing of Sir Allan
The Government of Saint Lucia expresses deep regret at the passing of Saint Lucia’s second Prime Minister, Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy, SLC, PC, CBE, OFN on March 2nd, 2011. Sir Allan Louisy was born in the small fishing village of Laborie on September 5th, 1916 and went on to become one of Saint Lucia’s prominent Sons through his service in the judiciary and politics.
Sir Allan was a well respected regional Jurist who served in senior capacities within a number of jurisdictions such as: Montserrat, Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica and his homeland Saint Lucia. He served as a Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court until his retirement in 1973. Sir Allan served as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia for a brief period between July 1979 to May 1981. Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy was a simple and humble person who stood out among Saint Lucian leaders who placed Country before self.
The Government of Saint Lucia has issued an order requesting that the nation’s flag should be flown half mast on all public buildings. Sir Allan qualifies for an
Official Funeral and Government will ensure that the fullest respect is accorded to him as a former Prime Minister. The Ministry of External Affairs has also been asked to hold discussions with Sir Allan’s family regarding arrangements for his funeral. Government offers sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sir
Allan as well as the people of his hometown village of Laborie.
Government will issue a statement shortly concerning official arrangements for the funeral of the late Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy.
SLP salutes Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy
‘A nationalist and regionalist who excelled and inspired’
It is with tremendous sorrow and sadness that the Leadership and members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) have learned of the death of Saint Lucia’s second Prime Minister, Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy. Sir Allan, a former Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, passed away yesterday March 2, 2011 at his sea-side home in Saphyr Estate, Laborie at the age of ninety four (94).
He is known for selflessly leaving the comforts of regional judicial office to lead the Saint Lucia Labour Party in the 1974 general election. Despite the gerrymandering of constituencies that year, he brought the party to within one seat of victory on election night, only to see that margin increased to two seats the following morning, after the famous utterance by a Government official that “It will be All Right in the Morning.”
Sir Allan served as Leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1979, during which time he led the Opposition’s delegation to England on several Independence Talks. On July 2, 1979, four months after Independence, Sir Allan led the Saint Lucia Labour Party to a spanking 12-5 victory over the United Workers Party and was sworn in as Saint Lucia’s second Prime Minister. His Government though short-lived made significant strides for the newly Independent Saint Lucia: establishing the National Commercial Bank, the Saint Lucia Development Bank and abolishing user fees at health facilities. After he resigned as Prime Minister in 1981, Sir Allan retreated to private life and contributed his legal expertise and voluntary service to the people of Laborie.
Sir Allan was a humble and honourable man who loved his community and country dearly. He was the consummate professional who excelled in his chosen profession of Law and shared his knowledge and experience freely. His quiet and unassuming nature coupled with his towering achievements have inspired generations of Laborians and Saint Lucians.
The Saint Lucia Labour Party joins with all Saint Lucians in celebrating Sir Allan Louisy’s rich and heroic life. We thank God for our good fortune to have been blessed with his leadership and guidance, and we pray that his family and friends may take comfort in the fact that he lived a full and exemplary life.