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Gaspard Charlemagne
(19 October 1940 – 30 September 2019)
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Gaspard Alfred Peter David Charlemagne, BEM
Former Member of Parliament, Saint Lucia

Gaspard Alfred Peter David Charlemagne was a St. Lucian educator, politician, and former Member of Parliament.

Early life and education

Gaspard Alfred Peter David Charlemagne was born in the town of Soufriere, Saint Lucia on 19 October 1940. His early schooling was at the Soufriere Boys Primary School where he later became a schoolteacher at the age of 16. He pursued Teacher’s Training Education at Erdiston College, Barbados (1963 – 1964).  He was later awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship that enabled him to achieve a Diploma in Education at Shoreditch College University of London (1967 – 1968).

His passion for education saw him also achieving an Associate Degree (ACP) from the College of Preceptors in London (1974 – 1976) and a Bachelor of Education Degree from University of the West Indies (1974 – 1976).  He also held a Diploma in Tourism from the Caribbean Tourism Association (1996 – 2000).

Career

His career in the field of education saw him serving as Chief Education Officer (1998 – 2000), Educator Officer (1982 – 1998), Curriculum Officer for Social Studies (1980 – 1982), and Principal of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School (1974 – 1980).
Charlemagne also had a passion for politics and community work. The two saw him serving in many community groups and organisations and becoming a candidate for the United Workers Party (UWP) in the 2006 general elections. Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to become the parliamentary representative of Soufriere, he was made a Senator by then Prime Minister Sir John Compton and served as Junior Minister of Education and Culture from 2006-2010.

Personal life

Charlemagne was married to wife Herma Charlemagne and the father of two daughters – Efiah Charlemagne Norbert and Akua Charlemagne Biscette.  He was highly involved in arts and culture and a devout Christian. He served as the organist at the Parish of the Assumption Soufriere for 63 years.

Death

Charlemagne died on 30 September 2019.  He was 78. His funeral was held on 19 October 2019 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, at La Clery, St. Lucia.
Sources

http://www.loopslu.com/content/uwp-pays-tribute-late-gaspard-charlemagne

https://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/govfolks/sen_the_hon_gaspard_peter_david_charlemagne.htm

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Occupation Educator, Politician
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Date of Birth 19 October 1940
Place of Birth Saint Lucia
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Date of Death 30 September 2019 (aged 78)
Place of Death Saint Lucia
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Notable Accomplishments
Prime Minister of St. Lucia: 7 June 2016 - present
Former Member of Parliament, St. Lucia
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