St Lucia Police are investigating a suspected case of drowning in Castries.

The body of an elderly British man was found floating in the sea at Vigie this morning, law enforcement sources tell St Lucia Times.

The dead man has been identified as Jeremie Rodney Hudson, 76, a resident of Top of the World, Marisule.

Hudson was pronounced dead by a medical doctor at around 7:34am.

Police investigations are continuing into this matter.

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  1. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Gandolph St Clair – aka Gandy. I extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of this precious son of the soil to his family and friends In St Lucia.

    Gandolph was such a thoughtful and caring person.He was affable and amiable. He was erudite.I last spoke to him a while back when he asked me (on the phone) to get him a copy of the former British Prime minister’s speech back in 2001. This was Tony Blair of course.He spent a year in London back in the mid 80’s and wrote for BBC radio. He was very influential on the local arts scene. He was a bit controversial at times. I remembered a piece he wrote in the Voice newspaper lambasting Albert Deterville for having the temerity to create an organization called the National Cultural Council. Albert hit back by denouncing Gandy at a cultural show he kept at the Halcyon hotel near the airport.Gandy reckoned that Deterville’s NCC was unfit to be coined ‘The National Cultural Council.’

    He was from the South of the island namely Vieux Fort.I spent a day with him just before he went to London.I was visiting St Lucia at that time. We were both stranded on Morne Fortune and was offered a ride to Vieux Fort in the company of the Tru Tones guitarist Map, who I understand is St Vincent-born. During our long drive, we stopped at a bar on a hill in Dennery, where we sampled the local culinary delights washed down with fresh juices. We then proceeded to our final destination which was Map’s family house in the center of Vieux Fort. The family welcomed us with open arms and cooked us a sumptuous breakfast the next day before we embarked on our journey to the Western part of the country.

    A friend in London once told me how he gave a copy of Gandy’s anthology “Urf Song” to a student who was sitting her GCE English exam and encouraged her to keep reading it. She followed his instructions and went on to get an A grade in English. Gandy wrote songs and sang a few as well. One which springs to mind is a Kwayol number entitled ‘ Mesier Garder’ . This was about a man who ventured out to visit a local psychic to find out whether his wife was having an affair. He wrote the hit song ‘Let Us Start A Revolution’ for the Survival band from his Southern enclave. Gandy was a poet and his love of poetry came first before anything else.He also reviewed the arts without mercy. He was a colossus.

    Gandolph St Clair served his country well. If anyone deserves to be honoured for services to the arts in St Lucia, I say afford the honour to Gandy. He was a patriot who loved St Lucia. He was offered many opportunities to leave St Lucia and to work elsewhere but he refused to do that. He was a loyal patriot who gave a lot to his country.St Lucia has lost a larger than life literary giant who was full of character. I read many of his poems, and like painting the more one piece takes your fancy the more you are likely to ingratiate yourself further. His poetry was enlightening and refulgent. His narrative and prose ooze radiance. He wrote in a language that everyone including the average man can connect to. He reached out to everyone.

    During my last piece about Nobel Laureate week, I called on the powers that be in St Lucia to refrain from wasting our taxpaying dollars on hosting ineffectual and unproductive events like Nobel Laureate week and I got endless flack for saying so.I felt that Walcott and Lewis, our two Nobel laureates did little to merit having such an illustrious event held in their honour.These two men held our splendid island with utter disdain scorn and derision.They did not give a flaming hoot about St Lucia. Now, look at the contrast. When you compare these men to Gandy – There is no comparison frankly. Gandolph stands out from these two self-centered, stingy mercenaries. Gandy gave so much to St Lucia and he deserves to be honoured. I would rather see our tax dollars being spent on hosting an event that befits someone of Gandy’s ilk.He was there and he served well. He never gave up on his people.He was noble and generous in spirit. He was selfless.He was a superstar of the arts.

    What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say goodbye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

    I will always cherish the beautiful memories though not many that we had together.May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.St Lucia has lost a Colossus.With love and remembrance.Goodbye, my friend and Comrade. May your soul Rest in Perfect Peace.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying.RIP Gandy!

    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

  2. Malcolm ….What does this have to do with the individual who susposedly drowned? No sympathies towards his family ?

  3. Not really a fan of Malcolm’s essays within the comments field however at least he disclosed his name.

    “Really?” you demonstrated your lack of attention to detail. If you truly read the essay you would have noticed sympathies expressed by Malcolm in the FIRST TWO SENTENCES.

    I just wonder if you will return to this post and whether or not you will offer your apologies to Malcolm for being a fool.

  4. My heart goes out to his loved ones and family . Last year he lost his lovely wife and this year himself. I know he loved swim and exercising in the morning .
    RIP this year has started with alot of sorrow.

  5. Sorry Folks, This was supposed to be posted under the column/headline : Gandolph St Clair dies at 66. Don’t know how this mix up came about. I would kindly urge the powers that be at St Lucia Times to remove it from there and to post it in the appropriate box. Thanks For Your understanding and for making the necessary correction and amendment.
    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian-Lucian
    Berlin-Germany

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