BREAKING: Dominica’s first prime minister, Patrick John, dies

Patrick John

Dominica’s first prime minister, Patrick Roland John has passed away.

Dominica News Online (DNO) has confirmed that John died at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital this morning.

As premier of Dominica, John led the country to independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 thereby becoming the first prime minister of the newly-formed republic.

His government was ousted the following year when thousands of Dominicans took to the streets in protest against what they described as oppressive legislation which the John regime was attempting to enact in parliament.

We’ll have more on this breaking story.


Below is the first part of an interview with Patrick John conducted by Alex Bruno.

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  1. Legion
    July 8, 2021

    DNO it is very disappointing that you are censoring comments that do not sing the praises of Patrick John. While Mr. John lead Dominica to independence he was also responsible for numerous deaths and hardships in Dominica. Many lives were ruined by his actions. Please stop trying to push the agenda of Patrick John is a saint now that he is dead.

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  2. Know your history
    July 7, 2021

    For the younger ones amongst us, here you will find the facts :

  3. Aphine
    July 7, 2021

    My deepest condolences to Patto, Paula, Junior and the others, may the good Lord strengthen you through this grieving period. May his soul RIP.


  4. dissident
    July 7, 2021

    This man is a National Hero! Whenever we raise our flag his spirit is there.
    Carry on good spirit!!!
    Condolences to the family friends and well wishers.

  5. Goodwill
    July 7, 2021

    CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of Dominica’s former Prime Minister Patrick John. His accomplishments speak for themselves. He made amends for his mistakes and like the rest of us was just human. May his soul Rest in Peace.

  6. Gone are the days
    July 7, 2021

    RIP PJ. I saw you as another victim of colonialism. Britain appeared to be doing you a favor by making you the 1st prime minister, then abandoned you with a population of high illiteracy they created, and zero manufacturing, while killing our lime production from #1 worldwide to importing limes. A perfect, well thought out recipe for the poverty they inflicted on your people. RIP PJ.

  7. Braindamage
    July 7, 2021

    Rest in Peace PJ. You were are great Dominican and will be missed.

  8. July 6, 2021

    DNO it is good that you did not write “has died” but has “passed away”

    The World invented and clung to the idea that people go to the grave to “rest in peace”–but good heavens!

    But Mr. Patrick John made the transition by which his soul left his physical body–the temple of flesh&bones, which will return to its original form of dust, that is what happens in the grave–to go to the Spirit World, there is no kind of sleeping there.

    He has either gone to continue the perfection of Love that Jesus offered to him, or he will be wandering in darkness if he did not accept that blessed grace from Jesus before he left that mortal (dead) tent of his.

    People, the choice is now. Your soul must be lighted by the neon Light of God’s Love, His Life to you through your faith in the sacrifice of His Son, Christ Jesus.

    I hope Mr. Patrick John made that blessed choice before his departure and that his people will continue in Life in the Spirit for his sake.

    • Frank N Stein
      July 7, 2021

      Tell that to your self the sooteewere and your PM I thank you.

      • July 8, 2021

        Frank Stein “Tell that to yourself” what! Where do you think it came from if not from my mind, and if it is from my mind it is not myself?

        But it seems that you agree with what I said based on your suggestion. And if your “thank you” is genuine, you are welcome.

  9. BobD
    July 6, 2021

    Mr John’ life’s journey is a DEGREE in itself, De BLACK Man have walked strong in life. Dis Roseau born, bred and educated African, is TRULY a historical treasure, as an African, he was demonized by the light skin RACIST Dominicans of yesteryear. A self educated poor black Roseau “Boy”, who was weaved into the fabric of Colonial Dominica. “Nature” Island plantation politicians then, were back stabbing each other like CRABS in the barrel, unlike the seclusive DLP of today, Mr John had to be constantly looking over his shoulder. To be truthful, Mr John’s political passage have placed Dominica in this present moment. His struggles have always been people oriented, Enemies, Mauvaise Langue and the other Negatives were his life’s partner. The Ancestors have called him home, the only piece of luggage he is allowed to accompany HIM, is the ESSENCE acquired in His HEART, good or bad. Patrick John was Dominica made and nurtured, a true Son of the SOIL, He will always LIVE.

  10. Ibo France
    July 6, 2021

    Sincerest condolences to the family, friends, supporters and acquaintances of the Father of the Independent Dominica, Patrick Roland John.

    To Mrs. Desiree John, you taught us what real love looks like. True love is to be faithful and unshakable to your spouse through good times and rough times. May the good Lord smile on you in your times of adversity.

    • EJ Thomas
      July 7, 2021

      To Ibo France we are mutual on the sentiments and condolences you expressed for the late Mr Patrick Roland John and for his surviving wife who endured and saw it all; The Good, The Bad, The Very Ugly. Mr. John can again stand tall in his eternal suit. And, in Peace Perfect Peace. May his children and grandchildren live to benefit and inherit the good that he acquired for the Commonwealth of Dominica..

  11. Grandchild
    July 6, 2021

    Rip grandpa 💖💖🥺you will surely be missed

  12. Bwa-Banday
    July 6, 2021

    Rest In Eternal Peace soldier!

    The Colonel was the poster boy for the oppressed in his life time. Yes he was not perfect and owned up to his mistakes but compared to the Cabalists of today he was truly an alter boy. PJ died and I don’t think he was ever able to forgive himself for the beating his boyhood friend Brother Egbert Germain got at the hands of the DDF in 1979 under his rule. Hopefully Br. Germain made peace and forgave him. I know Brother Germain is grieving right now. Condolences to the entire nation on the passing of the father of the nation. Say his name..PJ, PJ, PJ

  13. Garçon
    July 6, 2021

    My condolences to the family of this great Dominican hero. There was an attempted to sully Mr. John’s legacy but it has failed and those who attempted to do just that showed us that they are what they accused him of. God is at work. Rest In Peace Mr. John.

    • zandoli
      July 6, 2021

      I am old enough to remember the misdeeds of Patrick John. Please do not try to rewrite history. Nobody is all bad, but the Patrick John that went into politics was not the same man by 1979.

      • Garçon
        July 7, 2021

        Explain what he did that was so terrible and worst than what you are supporting now. Stop being used boy. Think for yourself . You were nowhere and don’t remember s—t. Sakway s-t.

        • July 8, 2021

          Garcon, you have to be someone who was born yesterday and is not gathering information for yourself, otherwise, you would not write that comment against Zandoli.

          I wasn’t living in Dominica in 1979, and it must be that you were not yet in your mother’s womb, but I know that that year was a hell of a year for Dominicans because of Patrick John–I guess you don’t know that he ended up in Jail for some years for that very reason, eh!

    • Garçon
      July 7, 2021

      🤣🤣. I wonder how the fake labourites who are disagreeing with me here are feel now. Now that your, little-god leader is singing PJ’s praises. Additionally, your controllers on the radio station are all talking about what a great man PJ was. You are prepared to crucify a man who has contributed to every aspect of Dominican life, while you all have never even cleaned a gutter in your life.

  14. July 6, 2021

    Condolences to the family and friends and the people of strong.

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