(Office of the Leader of Opposition, Basseterre, August 30, 2018) – The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition extends sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of H.E. Cedric Harper who served for the past seventeen years as High Commissioner of St. Kitts and Nevis to Jamaica.
“I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing of Mr. Cedric Harper. He was a close personal friend whom I greatly admired. He was a wonderful, kind and intellectual man, who loved history almost as much as he loved his country. He was a very knowledgeable, insightful and cultured individual who was a pleasure to talk to and engage. I had the honour of appointing him as High Commissioner of Jamaica and non-resident Ambassador to Cuba in 2001. I will always remember him for the humble, yeoman service he provided to students from our Federation studying in Jamaica. I will never forget the way in which he graciously accommodated and facilitated the travels of the first cohort of students who went to study in Cuba. He was a model of a man who has always been an inspiration to me. I will miss him greatly,” Dr. Douglas said yesterday, Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
His Excellency Cedric Harper served the Federation with utmost distinction and rendered sterling service as a member of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps of St. Christopher and Nevis where he served in various capacities since 1983. Prior to this, Mr. Harper was an Educator who rose from his teaching position at the Basseterre Boys School in St. Kitts to Principal of the Gingerland High School in Nevis where he touched and shaped the lives of many of the nation’s best and brightest.
Mr. Harper was pre-deceased by his wife Dr. Barbara Lyle-Harper in November 2008.
Dr. Douglas wishes to extend deepest sympathies to his children Adrienne and Douglas and two surviving sisters, Ms. Dora Stevens and Ms. Myrtle Heath residing in Antigua and Barbuda. May the peace of God and loving memories comfort them in their time of bereavement. Dr. Douglas also extends condolences to the staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps.