The late Sir James Mitchell
For Immediate Release
23 November 2021
I note with sadness the passing of the Rt. Hon. Sir James Fitz-Allen Mitchell, former Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today, 23 November 2021 at the age of 90.
The Bahamas Foreign Minister has extended condolences via private diplomatic note.
A political giant in Saint Vincent politics, Sir James’ death brings to an end an era in the national life of Saint Vincent as he was the last surviving parliamentarian at the time of that country’s Independence on 27th October, 1979.
An Agronomist by training, Sir James served in the Vincentian parliament from 1966 to 1974 as a member of the Saint Vincent Labour Party. During that period, he also served as the Minister of Agriculture and was that country’s second premier.
Later in his political career, Sir James founded the New Democratic Party (NDP) in 1975 and as its leader, served as Saint Vincent’s second Prime Minister, from 1984 to 2000.
We thank him for his public service and contributions to the important work of CARICOM through regional and functional cooperation.
On behalf of my wife, Anne Marie, my cabinet and Parliamentary colleagues, the government and people of The Bahamas, I extend condolences to the government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on his passing.
May he rest in peace.