Advisor to former PM Edison James passes on

Edward Alexander
Edward Alexander

Special Advisor to former Prime Minister, Edison James, has died.

Edward Alexander died on Tuesday morning in St. Lucia where he had gone to seek medical attention.

Reports indicate he had been ailing for some time.

During his life time, Alexander wore many hats, serving as Press Advisor to Edison James and Ambassador to Haiti during the United Workers Party administration.

He has served as a telegraphist, a Minister of Religion, a Diplomat, a Broadcaster and a Journalist.

Alexander was actively involved in sports and sports administration, serving as executive member of the Dominica Amateur Sports Association, which at that time governed sporting activities on the island, as well as in other social and youth affairs.

He was born in Colihaut and received his early education at the Colihaut Government School and at the Dominica Grammar School. He later graduated from the Cable and Wireless Training School in Barbados as a telegraphist.

He studied Philosophy and Theology at L’Ecole Superieure de Theologie in Vendee, France and the Seminary of St. John Vianney in Trinidad.

He did further studies in Ottawa, Canada at St. Paul’s University, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University earning at these three institutions in turn the Certificate in Social Communications and Animation, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Communications and the Master of Journalism degree.

He did a post graduate certificate course in Diplomatic Studies at Oxford University, earning a distinction in Diplomatic Practice.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia.

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82 Comments

  1. May 29, 2013

    Father Alexander lived amongst us in San Sauveur. On behalf of this community I express deepest condolences.

  2. Orchid
    May 29, 2013

    He was a wonderful priest whilst still in the priesthood, and a very special man. It is really frightening about this lack of medical facilities in Dominica which may cause someone to go to St Lucia which is not much better. When you are ready to retire such thoughts have to be taken into consideration when thinking of Dominica. Rest in peace dear man!

  3. May 29, 2013

    r.i.p i going but i hope father thomas preaching

  4. Truth be told
    May 29, 2013

    Condolences to the family of a very good man. May his soul rest in peace. On a more serious note does it bother us Dominicans that we have to keep going to other Caribbean islands for most health issues? With all the money our government sending when will it give us a suitable health system. Soon we will be going to other Caribbean islands for bandages and Mercurochrome!

  5. Justice and Truth
    May 29, 2013

    I heard of his passing the very morning that it occurred; was sorry to hear about it.
    My heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Patsy. You were married for many years. I visualize how much you will miss him. Take heart. May God cover you with his mantle of love and consolation.
    Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Edward, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace. Amen!

  6. Nmc
    May 29, 2013

    I first met father Alexander as a Priest when he came to the Dominica Grammar School to teach us Religious Education. Later in life we contested the 1995 General Elections together,although he did not win the Colihaut constituency for the UWP, we served faithfully together in government from 1995 to 2000.He was a very intelligent hard working and dedicated gentleman. He was very humorous and a great humanitarian.Alex as he was affectionately called will be greatly missed. My prayers and profound sympathies are extended to his loving wife Patsy and his brothers, sisters and his entire family. May he rest in the eternal peace of his heavenly Father.

  7. D
    May 28, 2013

    My Sympathies to his family. I loved Mr. A. He was a good man.

  8. For Richer Or Poorer
    May 28, 2013

    Deepest Sympathy to Patsy and the other members of Edward Alexander Family. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

  9. Enlightenment
    May 28, 2013

    May his soul rest in peace condolences to Patsy,and the rest of the Alexnder and Lecointe family.e

  10. ???
    May 28, 2013

    my condolences to his wife and family. may they find peace and comfort in the lord.

  11. Jay Dee
    May 28, 2013

    Actually. I served as an Altar Boy in the Roseau Catholic Church when Father Alexander was a priest. He was always very outspoken and felt that priest should be allowed to married. I always saw him as a ladies man. May his soul rest in peace.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 29, 2013

      What is your idea? There are numerous married couples who separated and divorced. Do you think that marriage is in the answer?
      Our Lord said, “You cannot serve God…and other matters.” Just being fair and realistic.

  12. MAD lawyer
    May 28, 2013

    Eddy say on news he worked for UWP,Haitians but nothing was said about what he did for Dominica.
    It was so nice when EDDO say he worked with the OAS as part of election monitoring team. I listen to the UWP leader[ a man who I have some limited Political respect for he is a greatman )but I wanted him to say whether he accepted the report of the OAS on Elections Missions in the Caribbean and elsewhere when his hand selected Ambassador Alexander was working with the OAS.
    WE are a democratic country and I have my entitlement.
    I had no idea who you were but let me say thanks.

    • SMH!
      May 28, 2013

      u a mad lawyer for real.

  13. May 28, 2013

    My condolences to the family and friends of Edward Alexander. May he rest in peace.

  14. Aye Dominique
    May 28, 2013

    Such sad news. Mr. Alexander was a great man, with a good heart. May his sweet soul rest in peace.

    Mrs. Patsy Alexander, be strong, I pray that you find the strength to deal with this untimely loss.

  15. cohenval
    May 28, 2013

    You were always a wise and generous man. Memories of you will live on. Rest in peace.

  16. A Voice
    May 28, 2013

    May his soul RIP. Condolences to his family and friends.

    That is one accomplished brother…

  17. Haydn B Eugene
    May 28, 2013

    oops….pie on my face. Jaso was simply responding to Toomdiea and i’m the one in error; none-the less….

  18. Haydn B Eugene
    May 28, 2013

    To Jaso….please read the article on Edward Alexanders death carefully prior to posting unfounded comments. Nowhere in the article does it make mention of Edward being a priest during Pope Francis’s pontificate. Yes, Edward was ordained a priest but found that the ministry was not his calling. Until his untimely death however, he remained unwavering in his love for God. May his soul rest in peace and to the members of his entire family, I extend my sincere condolences.

  19. Sunflower
    May 28, 2013

    dno please check your head line Edison James?

  20. sweet
    May 28, 2013

    DNO explain. Wast this man a priest? and then married? How was this allowed? I am a catholic and need some clarification

    • thinkinman
      May 28, 2013

      you simply leave the priesthood …

    • Justice and Truth
      May 29, 2013

      You have a right to know. Actually you should have asked a priest. Those of us who are older know that he renounced his priestly vows. He was not forced out. Nevertheless, as contained in Holy Scripture – Hebrews 7:17: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
      Once a priest always a priest to eternity. The same applies for baptized Catholics. Those who renounced their Catholic faith are not aware of that.
      When the priest said: “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, God blest them from above and sealed their baptism as Catholics to eternity. No one on this earth has the authority and mandate to annul this baptism. St. Paul said: “There is one baptism.”
      As heard on US Catholic Radio, “It is a sin to leave the Catholic Church.” Why? Because Our Lord Jesus Christ established The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Faith when He said to Peter, “Thou art Peter and upon this Rock I will build My Church…”
      They did not practice the faith as they should have; did not cultivate their faith, grow in faith, spirituality and knowledge of same. It was also a cause of ungodly lifestyle. This is why it was so easy to be falsely indoctrinated and renounce this faith. Little do some people know. If only they would have given it a thought and today, give it a thought and meditate on it in prayer instead of renouncing their faith. God would show them the truth and give them a true answer.

    • Sleepyeyes
      May 29, 2013

      He was a Priest but felt this was not his calling, so he left Priesthood and then got married. He still remained strong in his faith until he died. He was a good man.

  21. %
    May 28, 2013

    RIP BROTHER.

  22. jaso
    May 28, 2013

    Get your facts right. How could Mr. Alexander be priest in POPE Francis time. POPE FRANCIS just ordained.

    • sweet
      May 28, 2013

      he was a preist. My grandmother gave us the story before she died. Everywhere he was sent the girl followed him and he eventually married her. He did the right thing. Despite this I understood he was a very nice and polite man. May His Soul rest in peace!!!

      • Justice and Truth
        May 29, 2013

        I knew about it. Love finds a way on earth. Yes! He was. When he resided in Ottawa and I resided in Montreal, that Saturday evening, I had a party at my place. He visited Montreal at that time and attended the party. He was welcome. We had a good chat. I can say he was a nice, friendly and polite person.
        It may be that some men are not meant to be priests. Some joined the priesthood assuming that they would remain a priest forever. You know, temptations can set in, Satan’s temptation.
        We Catholics are to pray for the Church (we are the Church), for priests, Bishops and for the Pope. Only tonight I discussed this with someone. How many Catholics have done that in the past to today? Therefore, when matters go wrong in the Church, Catholics must not (only) blame the priests but blame themselves for their faithlessness by not praying for them. God took note then and He is taking note today of how well we serve him, worship and how fervent we are. And that is the truth of the matter.

    • ssssss
      May 28, 2013

      you working for the Vatican or you just have too much time on your hand or just refuse to mind your lazy businesss JASO.

      yu refuse to even say RIP

      u so insensitive cheeups.

      • Justice and Truth
        May 29, 2013

        What do you mean about the Vatican? Those who work for the Vatican are compassionate enough to say it. You are underestimating them. The person forgot. Be kind.

  23. jaso
    May 28, 2013

    Condolences to Mr. Alexander’s Wife and family. He was a family person to us at Portsmouth. May his soul rest in peace.

  24. yoyo
    May 28, 2013

    He was once a Catholic priest, but left the Cathoic church and joined the Angelican Church, because he wanted to be married.

  25. JustGivingMyTwoCents
    May 28, 2013

    It’ a shame that persons constantly need to seek medical attention elsewhere.

    Shame on he powers that be…. both PAST and present.

    All the same…

    R.I.P

    • Justice and Truth
      May 29, 2013

      Who knows what may have happened if he got treatment in Dominica? You cannot see the future and you cannot foretell the future.

  26. May 28, 2013

    Hello. Rest in Peace Mr Alexander and Condolence to your family. Also thanks for everything you did for our Country.

    • May 28, 2013

      Hello. I separate this comment from my other one because I didn’t want to divert from the topic or seems disrespectful to the Alexander family in their trying times . The article said he went to St Lucia for medical treatment which left me a little confused because I can’t believe that they have a much better medical system than us. Now I can understand if he went to Canada, America or England for medical treatment which could not be that serious because he went to St Lucia. Also they didn’t tell us what treatment he received there which he couldn’t get in Dominica. I am truly concerned because that would mean we need to make major improvements in our health care system.

      • thinkinman
        May 28, 2013

        Um…if our Minister of Health himself has to be rushed out of the country for a stroke..what does that tell you? Not even the cook himself eating the food

      • Justice and Truth
        May 29, 2013

        Someone informed me about the treatment but I will not divulge it. The treatment he got is a personal matter. If his wife wants to divulge it, she has the preference and prerogative.
        Consider if he had gone to Guadeloupe, Martinique or Barbados, what would you have stated?

      • May 31, 2013

        Thinkinman

        Hello. We were told that the Minister of Health suffered a Stroke which is a major medical incident even if it is a minor stroke. I am just concern for our Health System since Mr Alexander received treatment in St Lucia which he couldn’t receive in Dominica.

  27. Anonymous
    May 28, 2013

    He was a priest, u doom doom

  28. Don H Esprit, MD
    May 28, 2013

    My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was a good man. He was one of those, together with the late Romanus Bannis, who piloted the Cuban Scholarship Medical program in sending the largest number of students to Cuba to study medicine in 1996. I was part of that team. May your soul rest in peace !

    • Cabral D
      May 29, 2013

      you must get your facts correct. The Cuban Scholarship was pioneered by the DLP under the leaderships of the late Douglas Brothers. I hate it when persons who ought to know better attempt to take the wind from the sail of those who actually open the way for hundreds of young persons to attain education education in Cuba. This was done even while the DLP was in opposition and Father Alexander was no where near when the DLP and the Douglas Brothers worked so very hard for this programe. Some people deliberately forget and are just Damn maliciously bias.
      The UWP operatives must stop its propaganda machinery and focus on people’s development. Their approach must be changed else they will remain in the stomach of the opposition for a very long while.
      Doctor you are dead wrong and you know this. Get your facts right. Sad that some of us are so ungrateful.

  29. nnnnnnn
    May 28, 2013

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh r I p

  30. toomdie
    May 28, 2013

    I confused. He is a catholic priests and was married. Why did the POPE FRANCIS allowed that?

    • John Paul
      May 28, 2013

      Where in Dominican law does it say You must remain a Catholic Priest for Life?Marriage is in the Court first then in Your Church. The State gives the Church authority to marry.

      • Justice and Truth
        May 29, 2013

        I hate to call you a foolish person. :twisted: What has Dominican Law have to do with the Catholic Church and priests?
        You should know that in Dominica, there is one marriage, wherever nationals wish to get married.
        They get a license for marriage because their marriage has to be recorded in the State’s records and for statistical purposes. This is as far as it goes. I guess you know nothing about that. Think and utilize your common sense.

    • thinkinman
      May 28, 2013

      he WAS a catholic priest…left the priesthood and got married.

  31. John Paul
    May 28, 2013

    Condolences to the Family and Friends of Mr. Alexander.
    Let me just say I am unable to use the “Rest In Peace ” phrase because I believe that the Soul/self is eternal and is continually migrating on a sojourn throughout the Universes both Material and Spiritual.I am wishing Him Godspeed to the Feet of the Supreme Lord where He can serve eternally in a loving relationship!

  32. MAD Lawyer
    May 28, 2013

    Accept my sympathies but why didn’t the government and the (We the Peoples Inc) used their monies to send him to Martinique?

    I think that the UWP opposition can win the next elections but its approach is poor. The Grand Fond meeting was very poorly attended and ill-planned. I will go to the funeral especially if Father Thomas is preaching.

    • IPO
      May 28, 2013

      Is it about the mans death or you wanting to win an election?

    • Enuff
      May 28, 2013

      Party have no money.

  33. ben
    May 28, 2013

    may your soul rest in peace mr alexander always a good person to converse with I will surely miss u hold strong to the exteneded family I share your pain

    • Justice and Truth
      May 29, 2013

      Always smiling and amicable.

  34. just lookin
    May 28, 2013

    R.I.P

  35. MW-L
    May 28, 2013

    Deepest condolences to the family. This is sad news. May God sustained you!

  36. believer
    May 28, 2013

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Edward Alexander.
    He was fun to be with whenever we met…
    wearing his different “hats” as a priest, scholar, broadcaster sports enthusiast and friend.
    Always had good things to say about people and about his native Dominica.
    Condolence to his wife Patsy and his family.
    Thanks for all you did for Dominica, Edward.

  37. Gweneth J Moorhouse
    May 28, 2013

    A quote from father Alexander to me when he was still a priest “I can serve more people in here than out”
    I knew he was brilliant and intelligent, never knew he attended so many distinguish schools of learning,and his active role in the political arena.I guess I was out of state for too long.
    My condolences to his wife and family.

  38. Anonymous
    May 28, 2013

    RIP. Condolences to the family. I can never forget, my mom always said to me, when he was a priest he baptized me. :)

    • Castle Bruce
      May 28, 2013

      You mean Christened or dedicated.

      • thinkinman
        May 29, 2013

        In the Catholic Chruch it is Christen..

    • Justice and Truth
      May 29, 2013

      Still a young one? :lol:
      It was a real baptism when he said, “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son” and of the Holy Spirit, God blest this baptism.

  39. Haitian Association
    May 28, 2013

    Condolences to the family of the late Mr Alexander.
    Hope you can see help from the Lord for he is the only one protector and guider he will see you all through. R.I.P

  40. Tri-State Beauty
    May 28, 2013

    Deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Float on son of the soil, it was truly a privilege knowing you. May your family find comfort in the memories of your years knowing you held true to what convictions you had.

  41. Gweneth J Moorhouse
    May 28, 2013

    May he rest in peace;
    .?

  42. Tee
    May 28, 2013

    My condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderful man who put people first in all he did, and he now leaves behind a proud legacy. May all who grieve be comforted by the wonderful memories shared with him.

  43. 2 CuTe
    May 28, 2013

    At first i frightened i thought it was mr .wiltshire…then for a second i thought it was mr james who passed ..now i am seeing who..May his soul R.I.P…

  44. Friend
    May 28, 2013

    It’s with sadness I learnt of the passing of Ed Alexander. He was a caring man and a Friend who will be missed. Rest Eternal grant him and let light perpetually shine upon him….May he rest in peace. Condolences to Patsy.

  45. Estelle
    May 28, 2013

    deepest condolences to your family and dear wife

  46. truth offends
    May 28, 2013

    May his soul rest in eternal peace. Dominica will miss him. May the good God comfort his family during this very difficult time.

  47. Anonymous
    May 28, 2013

    R.I.P

  48. happ
    May 28, 2013

    MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. REST IN PEACE SIR.

  49. Anonymous
    May 28, 2013

    As a priest he sermonised on issues afecting the poor and working class.He was highly intelligent and worked very hard during his engagement as Special Assistant to the PM. May he find eternal peace.

  50. wow
    May 28, 2013

    GOD SPEEDS.

  51. Doc Love
    May 28, 2013

    May your soul rest peacefully.The members and supporters of the United Workers Party will never forget the contribution you have made towards our progress. Unfortunately,you didnot live to enjoy our return to power.Goodbye my friend.

    • IPO
      May 28, 2013

      Its all about Politics and return to power…the man has died…what about the sympathy go his family…none

      Mais ou la endant un UWP….give politcs a break sometime

    • Bwa kWAIEB
      May 28, 2013

      workers return to power? :cry: :cry: :cry:

      just so all you can buy a second set of blue government vehicles! Workers not winning anything!

    • EH???
      May 28, 2013

      Return to power???? WHERE? WHEN? HOW? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Zor kai chway moi!

    • param
      May 28, 2013

      But he didn’t do anything for workers…..

  52. DeeGee
    May 28, 2013

    Awwww such sad news to hear this morning.. He was a staunch advocate for students in Cuba during our time there.. May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace.. We will miss you dearly. Condolences to Patsy and the rest of his family.

    Dee & Che

  53. Izees
    May 28, 2013

    my condolences goes out to the family and that of Mr. James’s. death never comes easy but the Lord Say he will never give us more than we can bear. MAy the good Lord be your comforter. God bless.

  54. Reader
    May 28, 2013

    Rest in Peace Father Alexander! May the Lord comfort your family and friends during this difficult time.

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