Former Antiguan Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird dies at age 83

Sir Lester Bryant Bird who served as the second Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda passed away at 6am on Monday morning August 9, 2021.

Bird was a well known athlete who began his political career in 1971 when he was nominated to the Antigua and Barbuda senate.

He was named the Leader of the opposition and chairman of the Antigua Labour Party(ALP) in that senate.

He was 83 years old.

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7 Comments

  1. August 11, 2021

    Where have all the birds been flying to? Is Antigua becoming an empty nest with all the birds gone? Is it the end of the bird dynasty? Of course, they say the cicadas will be back in the next 17 years.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 10, 2021

    If Lester Bird, was the second Prime Minister of Antigua, what number was George H. Walters?
    George H Walters was the second Prime Minister of Antigua; I can stake my life on that!
    George H Walters was the one who defeated V.C. Bird Sr; the father of Lester, Ivor, and V.C. Bird Jr.
    There is a younger brother and sister by the same mother; and quite a few others, in the village of Grays Farm; including another former prime minister of Antigua too; who does not use Bird as his surname!
    We remember the Birds as the ones who destroy George Walters; ensuring he was convicted and sent to prison, claiming that he stole Antigua government, money and bought a Steel Building Building from J Astaphan & Co., in Dominica. The Lester, and his party are the people who destroyed our Shipping business in Antigua; yes, we had a Cargo Ship in Antigua; in the process of wreaking havoc in our life’s they destroyed my electronic business I operated on Kentish Road!

    ADMIN: He was never a prime minister he was one of the premier’s of Antigua from 1971 to 1976.

    Since Independence from Britain in 1981, the title of Prime Minister is used to refer to the head of the Antiguan government.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 10, 2021

      ” Building.”
      That should be “a Steel Frame Building;” which was all a lie; they targeted me and my former wife, because she was an executive in the Government treasury, because they the suckers claimed that Walters gave us money to go to Denmark and buy Cargo Ship; and she will destroy papers.
      They also made the claim Walter government gave me a house; a lie, and by the way that lie was fabricated by a Dominica name Fagan; a tailor by trade; must be dead now, the last time I saw him in Dominica, he was in the streets begging!

      I was shocked when I saw him begging in the streets; that reminds me of those people in Dominica who make themselves puppets to Roosevelt Skerrit.

      Fagan was a mouth piece of the Birds, but when he came down with cancer from smoking, the the Birds, the politicians did not help him; so back to Dominica he went where he became a bigger, in the streets.

    • August 10, 2021

      I fully agree with you Admin. He was not a Prime Minister. He was a Premier just as Edward Oliver Leblanc was. That old donut always thinks he know everything. Here he comes again with another of his sad stories. Old men are good at telling sad stories. He is everything and has a bandaid for every sore.

    • Time always tell
      August 10, 2021

      It would be nice to abolish all forms of government. Period. No police, no army, destroy every single gun and bomb. Let’s go back to “hunters and gatherers.” These people lived in peace and tranquillity until them “blood suckers” showed up. Let ever man fend for himself and defend himself and family. I’m already practicing that lifestyle and I don’t want to be messed with. If you come to my home you better have good enough reason. Because I’ll be “scared for my life.” We are no fools! We no corrupt politicians and Dominica has a trainload of them. Some will no doubt end up begging on the streets and eating in gutters.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 10, 2021

      Admin: It is your site, but in reality to be fair, give me the opportunity to state it as it happened; because I don’t like to appear as a liar; this however will take more than one submission: George Walters was never Premiere of Antigua, prior to him becoming Prime Minister, he worked as assistant general secretary to V.C. Bird Sr., in the  Antigua Trades and Labor Union; meanwhile V.C. Bird Sr. was Chief Minister also. When the British decided to cut all of the colonies loose. From Guyana, in the South, to Jamaica, in the North, the Cayman islands too; within a certain period we had the West Indies Federation, with Trinidad being the Capital of the West Indies.
      That failed!
      Remember the late Dr. Erick Williams then was Premiere  of Trinidad: and his mathematical formula 10-1 = 0, that was the day in 1962/63 he killed the West Indies Federation.

      ADMIN: While it is true we own this site, the issue is the information in your comment is inaccurate and/or misleading. If you can prove that our information is incorrect we will have it corrected – not only that we may thank you for pointing out our error.

      If any commenter insists on submitting comments with demonstrably inaccurate information then we will not publish them.

      Here is a list of Antiguan heads of government from 1960 onwards: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda#cite_ref-antiguastatute2_1-0

  3. August 9, 2021

    May his soul rest in peace. Not forgetting he was also a corrupt politician.

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