Clive Bernard Pantin
Former Cabinet Minister, Trinidad and Tobago
Clive Bernard Pantin was a Trinidad and Tobago educator, politician, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Clive Berbard Pantin was born in 1933 in Trinidad and Tobago to Julian Andrew Pantin and Agnes Eugenie Pantin. Educated at Belmont Intermediate, for which he was extremely proud, and later, St Mary’s College, Port-of-Spain, Pantin graduated with degrees in French and Spanish from the University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1954. He also obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, prior to Trinidad and Tobago gaining Independence in 1962.
He returned home to teach at Fatima College. He later earned a Diploma in Education at the University of the West Indies.
A former principal of Fatima College, Pantin created history in 1972 when he became the first layman to hold the post of principal at a Catholic secondary school run by a religious order (Holy Ghost Fathers). There is no doubt that during the 24 years that he was attached to Fatima College, he made a significant contribution towards that institution becoming one of the premier secondary schools in this country.
As a young sportsman, he played club football in the Port of Spain Football League when football in front of the Grand Stand in the Queen's Park Savannah was in its heyday. His standard of play was good enough to earn selection for the north teams against south in the football classics of the day and also for Trinidad and Tobago, representing this country from 1957 to 1962. He also represented the country in hockey.
He retired from first-class sport in 1965 and concentrated on his teaching career, writing two textbooks along the way, one for French studies and the other for Spanish. He was always interested in serving his fellow man and it was not a great surprise that in 1981, he resigned from teaching and entered the fray of politics.
He did not win the seat he contested and so entered the private sector in the field of Personnel Management. He re-entered politics in 1986 and was appointed as a Senator in the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) administration. He served as Minister of Education and then Minister of Health within one five-year term. After leaving politics in 1991, he devoted all his energies towards social work.
He established the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL), which has become a most effective vehicle to assist in the alleviation of poverty and hunger throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Pantin was married to Patrica Pantin and the father of five children.
Pantin was part of a staunch Roman Catholic family. He was the brother of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin and Fr. Gerard Pantin. His sister, Rose, was a nun of the St Joseph of Cluny Order. His other siblings include Helen, Patricia, Michael, Monica, Geoffrey and Ronald.
Pantin died around 1 am on 30 September 2017 at his Anna Street, Woodbrook home after a prolonged illness. He was 84. His funeral service was held on 3 October 2017 at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.