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Trinidad's 1st president dies following stroke

Trinidad's 1st president dies following stroke

Sir Ellis Emmanuel Innocent Clarke, an attorney who became the first president of Trinidad and Tobago and created the island's founding constitution, has died. He was 93.
His family released a statement saying Clarke was immobilized by a massive stroke in November and never recovered. He died late Thursday.
Clarke was the last governor-general of the eastern Caribbean island when it was still under British colonial rule and was elected president when it became a republic in 1976.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1917 in the northern part of the island to middle-class parents.
Clarke studied law at the University of London and became Trinidad's attorney general. He later served as the island's ambassador to the U.S. and as a permanent representative to the United Nations.
In a 1987 interview with the Sunday Guardian newspaper, Clarke was asked to make up his own epitaph. He responded, "Upon him was greatness thrust. He bore it well."
Clarke is survived by two children and several grandchildren. His wife, Ermintrude Clarke, a bookkeeper from Grenada, died in 2002.


Updated : 2021-06-22 00:33 GMT+08:00