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Marcel Peters
(1931 - 8 January 2017)
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Marcel Joseph Peters
Former Leader of the Opposition and Speaker of the House of Repreentatives, Grenada

Marcel Joseph Peters was a Grenadian politician and former Leader of the Opposition.

Career

Marcel Peters worked with the Grenada Ministry of Agriculture from 1953 to 1984. In June 1984, he decided on a political career, resigned, and joined the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) of Sir Eric Gairy to contest the General Elections held on December 3rd 1984.

Peters was the only successful GULP candidate (the New National Party of Herbert Blaize captured 14 of the 15 seats in the House of Representatives) and joined Sir Eric in condemning the Elections as rigged. He said then he would not take his seat in the House of Representatives but subsequently changed his position, broke with Sir Eric and was sworn in as a Member of the House.

At a Press Conference on 6 March 1985, he disassociated himself from any charge
that the Elections were rigged. At that time, he along with three other former GULP members established the Grenada Democratic Labour Party (GDLP).

In 1987, Peters' GDLP would become part of the Nicholas Brathwaite led National Democratic Congress. Peters would go on to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 6 April 1990 to 21 June 1995 during the NDC Administration.

Personal life

Peters was married to wife Joslyn. He was the father of 14 children - Carlyle, Roland, Thaddeaus, Errol, Randolph, Earl, Leroy, Lydia, Keith, Ian, Joseph, Elias, Roseann, and Martin.

Death

Peters passed away on Sunday, 8 January 2017 at the age of 85. His funeral service was held on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 at at the Sacred Heart R C Church, Tivoli, St. Andrew and his body was Intered at the family Cemetery Carrier.

Sources
http://www.gogouyave.com/obituaries/marcel-peters
 
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Occupation Politician
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Date of Birth 1931
Place of Birth Grenada
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Date of Death 8 January 2017 (aged 85)
Place of Death Grenada
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