For many years Ulric Oswald Denny dedicated his life to serving the public and yesterday his was rewarded for it.
During a short ceremony at Government House, Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave presented him with the Barbados Service Star.
The 81–year–old’s life of service began when at the tender age of 13 he joined the Barbados Police Force Band as a cadet. There he remained for 37 years during which time he was also a police constable, a highways superintendent with the Ministry of Transport and Works, assistant valuer and valuer with the Land Tax Department.
The husband of Magenta Denny was kept even busier as he continued his studies gaining passes in several subjects from the Cambridge Examinations Board and the London Chamber of Commerce.
In 1969 under the auspices of the United Nations, Denny was trained in cartography and land valuation. He then went on to study management and industrial relations with the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity and the Industrial Society in London, England.
Schooled at the St Silas Boys’ School, Denny was a founding member of the Barbados Police Association and served as its secretary from 1956 to 1961. In 1972 he was elected an executive officer of the National Union of Public Workers and served as its president from 1975 to 1977. He was appointed a member of the National Insurance Board from 1975 to 1977 but resigned in 1976 to take up studies at the University if the West Indies Mona Campus where he completed a Certificate in Public Administration, and in 1981 he completed a BSc Econ. (Hons) degree at the Cave Hill Campus.
For three years he served as an executive officer of the Caribbean Public Services Association and as its president for the period 1977/78.
In 1984 the father of five daughters formally retired from the Barbados Public Service but his public service did not end there. Upon migrating to the United States that year, he taught in the New York public school system for 15 years while gaining a M.Sc (Education) degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In 1988 he joined the Barbadian Ex-Police Association of New York and on Saturdays, together with Coleridge Bispham and Lennox Price, freely tutored children from the neighbouring districts in various elementary and middle school subjects.
Denny was elected president of that association and served from 1994 to 1998. In 1999, he retired for the second time and returned home to Barbados.
When he returned to the island Denny continued his activities with the National Union Public Workers and served as a member of its National Council and for the past 12 years as chairman of the Retirees Division. He is a member of the local Ex-Police Association and served as president from 2005 to 2007 during which time its membership increased exponentially.
This was not the first recognition for this man, in fact he has been awarded throughout his life. He was honoured for his service by the Barbados Police Association, the local Barbados Ex-Police Association, the Barbadian Ex-Police Association of New York, the principal and staff of P.S. 271 in New York, the National Union of Public Workers, the Caribbean Public Services Association, the National Insurance Board and the Independent United Order of Mechanics, Western Hemisphere of which he is a Past grand master.
In 2006 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Barbados Government. In addition, in 1950 he won the Shield For The Most Proficient Band Cadet and the Baton Of Honour For The Best Police Recruit in 1952 and ‘53.