ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Former president, Crispin Sorhaindo, died here on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

Sorhaindo, who was President of this Caribbean island from 1993-98, also served as Speaker of the Dominica House of Assembly, Clerk of the Executive and Legislative Councils and was also the island’s financial secretary.

In 1963, he served as secretary to Civil Service Commission on the proposed East Caribbean Federation, following the collapse of the West Indies Federation in 1962.

Sohaindo was also a member of numerous state-owned boards in Dominica and served also on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC).

Between the period 1973 to 1988, he was a director and Vice-President of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

His official biography described him as “a committed regionalist who had wide experience in all of the recent attempts, and successes, at various types of Caribbean integration, representing Dominica at the early conferences leading to the establishment of CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Area) and CARICOM, (the Caribbean Common Market) that succeeded it, as well as those meetings that laid the foundations for the establishment of the Caribbean Development Bank and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).”

Sorhaindo received the Papal award of Knight Commander of the Order of St. Sylvester in 1993 and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1969, the Venezuelan Naval Medal Almirante Luis Brion in 1998 and the Dominica Award of Honour in 2001.

Sorhaindo is survived by his wife, Ruby, and six children.