Former Education Minister, Louis Bertrand George died at the St. Jude’s Hospital on Thursday after a prolong illness.
He was 63.
George was a fixture in the Sir John Compton and Dr. Vaughn Lewis UWP administrations.
In 1982, after capturing the Micoud North seat, he served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
He would eventually hold the post of Education Minister until May 1997, as well as the Labor portfolio when the UWP was soundly beaten at the polls in an historic election.
Although they were on opposite sides of the aisle, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and George were contemporaries at the same high school.
The former Education Minister was the lone opposition Parliamentarian when the SLP swept the 1997 general elections, 16-1.
The long serving MP would assume the position of Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition from 1997-2001.
The United Workers Party also paid tribute to the distinguished politician, public servant, and devoted stalwart, describing him as a “political gentleman”
According to the UWP, prior to his entry into active politics, Louis George held a senior position at Geest Industries in Saint Lucia and operated a successful farm in Micoud.
Following his retirement he was awarded the Saint Lucia Cross in 2009 for his contribution to national development in the field of education.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony disclosed the gentleman public servant will be accorded an official funeral service.