BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Senator and businessman Sir John Stanley Goddard has died at the age of 77.
Sir John, who formerly headed the family-owned Goddard Enterprises Limited – a Barbadian company with a varied business portfolio that encompasses interests in the Caribbean as well as Central and South America – passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Saturday, a day after being hospitalized.
The late Sir John, who was knighted for his contribution to business, also served as an independent senator in the country’s Upper House of Parliament.
Prime Minister David Thompson said Sir John was “a voice of reason and a very stabilizing influence in the corporate sector, in the area of social policy, even in politics, though he had not been, in the traditional sense, a Barbadian politician”.
“His wise counsel will be missed, particularly in those spheres. In the 1991 economic crisis many would not have known of the tireless work that Sir John did in seeking to build consensus across the private sector for the economic program which was implemented. That program became known throughout the world as a major triumph for a small developing country,” Thompson added.
Opposition leader Mia Mottley said Sir John would be remembered as a patriot who contributed to the country’s growth in commerce in both his personal and professional life.
Deputy President of the Senate Kerryann Ifill said Sir John’s contributions in the Senate were always filled with wisdom and considerable value “as he often took a view of proceedings which others did not”.
“His presence in the chamber will be greatly missed,” Ifill said.
Sir John’s death came as a shock to many, including members of his family. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, five children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.