Pierre Extends Condolences On Death Of Sir Leton Thomas – St. Lucia Times

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has extended condolences on the death of Sir Leton Thomas, the veteran educator who set music to the lyrics of Saint Lucia’s national anthem.

Saint Lucia adopted the anthem – “Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia” in 1967 upon achieving associated statehood with Britain.

 The Island confirmed the composition as the official anthem upon independence in 1979. 

Catholic Priest Charles Jesse wrote the lyrics.

The late Sir Leton Thomas once described himself as torn between his love of music and education.

In addition to his forays into music, which he studied in the United Kingdom, he spent over four decades in public service.

During that time, he was a teacher trainer and served as Chief Education officer under four Education Ministers.

Sir Leton also worked in Jamaica and Barbados on UNESCO projects dealing with education.

In addition, he served as Principal of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

Prime Minister Pierre wrote on Facebook that news of the death of Sir Leton Thomas was met with sadness and, at the same time, fond memories ‘that we shared when I was a child.’

 “To his family, I extend my sincerest condolences to you as you grieve his loss and reflect on his life of service to this country,” the Prime Minister wrote.

“The Government and the People of Saint Lucia will remember him for his lasting legacy, which has engendered national pride, particularly when we hear those melodious notes of our National Anthem. Thank you for your many contributions, Sir Leton,” Pierre stated.