Barbados has lost one of its cherished knights.
Former Queen’s Counsel Sir John Andrew Connell passed away last night after a brief illness. He was 81.
Sir John was accorded the country’s highest honour back in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to law and the protection of the environment.
He had earlier served as a Justice of Appeal from 2005 to 2009 and was also president of the Bar Association in 2006. He was also a member of the ruling Democratic Labour Party and served as an Opposition senator from 1976 to 1980.
“While he acknowledges that he has made a contribution in the area of law, the thing dearest to him is his work in the area of conservation,” his citation for his knighthood in 2016 said.
It also pointed out that Sir John served as one of the first board members of the Parks and Beaches Commission and later as a director and chairman of the National Conservation Commission which replaced it.
He leaves to mourn his wife Lady Mary Connell, his two children Dr Kwame Connell and Dr Lachmi Connell and his grandchildren.