Jamaica’s former Governor General – Howard Cooke dies at 98

Howard Cooke dies dead at 98 July 11, 2014Former Governor General of Jamaica, The Most Honourable Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke died today (July 11th) at the age of 98.

He would have turned 99 this October.

He was born in Goodwill, St. James, on November 13, 1915.

Sir Howard Cooke entered politics in 1938 as one of the founding members of the People’s National Party. He was chairman and also a member of the Executive and National Executive of the Party.


In 1958 he was elected to the West Indies Federal Parliament, as the representative of St. James.

He entered the Jamaican Parliament in 1962 and served as Senator until 1967. He served as a member of the House of Representatives between 1967 and 1980, and was a Minister of Government between 1972 and 1980.

As Minister, he held, at different times, the portfolios of Pension and Social Security, Education and Labour and Public Service.


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