|Ervin K. Knowles
Former Cabinet Minister, Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Ervin K. Knowles was a Bahamian politician and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Ervin Knowles was born on 17 May 1934 in Nassau, The Bahamas to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Knowles. He attended Eastern Junior and Senior Schools and Saint John’s College in Nassau.
A building contractor and land developer, Knowles was first elected to Parliament in 1977 as a member of the Bahamian Democratic Party (BDP) but resigned from the party in June 1978. He later became a member of the Progressive Liberal Party and was elected the Member of Parliament for the Cat Island constituency in the General Election of 1982.
In the 19 June 1987 General Election, he retained his Cat Island seat. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Industry and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation. Knowles also served as chairman of both the Port Authority of New Providence and the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.
He resigned as Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Industry on 28 March 1990, and as a Member of Parliament on 20 November 1991.
He was appointed Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in February 1992.
An Anglican, Knowles was married to the former Stella Symonette of and they had three sons and three daughters - Tina-Marie Knowles, Ervin (Pepe) Knowles, Teri Bethel, Enrique Knowles, Tietchka Vanderpool-Wallace and Emile Knowles.
Knowles died on 20 January 2019, aged 84. His funeral service was held on 2 February 2019 at Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Road, followed by cremation.