The sixth President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool has died.
Liverpool, who has been ailing for some time and who resigned the presidency due to ill health, passed away in Miami today, DNO understands.
He was 81.
He served as President for 2 October 2003 to 17 September 2012.
In a Facebook post, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said he has lost a friend and a mentor.
“Death has robbed us of a most revered ambassador for and of this country,” he said. “Just over six months ago the nation gathered enmasse to salute and celebrate the life and times of Dr. Nicholas Liverpool. We recognized then, as we do now, that this was a Dominican of extraordinary talent and achievement; yet a humble gentleman who had a moment and a listening ear for everyone with whom he came into contact. I wish on behalf of the citizens of Dominica, my family and on my own behalf to extend sympathy to his wife and family.”
All flags in Dominica will be flown as half staff from June 2 to the day after his burial, as a sign of respect for the fallen former President.
A biography published on the website of the President of Dominica says Dr. Liverpool was born in the southern village of Grand Bay, Commonwealth of Dominica on September 9, 1934. He is married and has five children.
Dr. Liverpool began his university Education in 1957 and obtained an LL.B (Hons) from Hull University in 1960. He was attached as a Barrister-at-Law at Inner Temple from 1958 to 1961. He pursued studies at the Sheffield University from 1962 to 1965 and obtained a Ph.D in Law.
In 2003, Dr. Liverpool received the Dominica Award of Honour.
Dr. Liverpool’s entire professional life has been spent in the field of law. He served as senior Lecturer (1974 -1992) and Dean (1976-1978), Faculty of Law at UWI, Cave Hill Barbados.
Dr. Liverpool served as a Judge of the High Court in Antigua and Monsterrat from 1973-1974 and Justice of Appeal – Court of Appeal in Grenada 1979-1991, Court of Appeal in Belize 1990-1992 and 1996-2000, Bahamas Court of Appeal 1996-1997.
Dr. Liverpool served as Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States of America from 1998 -2001. He has served on several Boards, Tribunals and Commissions has written various articles, publications and papers and has attended numerous conferences/ seminars nationally, regionally and internationally.