|Edward Evelyn Greaves, GCM
Former High Commissioner of Barbados to Canada
Edward Evelyn Greaves was a Barbadian trade unionist, former Barbadian Cabinet Minister, and a former High Commissioner of Barbados to Canada.
Early life and education
Edward Evelyn Greaves was born at Pie Corner in the Parish of St. Lucy in Barbados on 19 April 1940 to Elon and Ira Greaves. He received his early education at St. Clement’s Boys’ School and his secondary education at the Coleridge and Parry School and Harrison College.
Greaves graduated from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) with an Honours Degree in History and Economics (1967) and from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA with a Masters in Education (Labor Studies, 1971).
In 1971, Greaves was elected to the House of Assembly as Member of Parliament for constituency of St. Lucy on a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) ticket. He was re-elected in 1976, but lost his seat in the 1981 election. He served as an Opposition Senator from 1981 to 1986.
Returned to office in 1986 amd 1991, Greaves served as a member of the Errol Barrow (1986-1987) and Erskine Sandiford (1987-1994) Cabinets.
A trade unionist, Greaves served as Deputy General Secretary and head of Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) Labour College from 1974 to 1996.
Greaves served as the Barbados government representative and High Commissioner to Canada from 2008 to 2015.
Greaves was married to wife Julia Francilia Greaves and has two daughters - Stacey Greaves Walcott and Laura-Lynn Greaves Letellier.
Honours and awards
In 1991, Greaves was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) for his long and dedicated service to the Trade Union.
Greaves died at his home on 22 September 2018. He was 78. He was accorded an official funeral at St. Lucy's Parishn Church on Saturday, 6 October 2018 followed by internment at St. Clement's Churchyard, St. Clement's, St. Lucy.