BRIDGETOWN: Former finance minister, Sir Richard Christopher Haynes, has died after a prolonged battle with throat cancer. He was 77.
Sir Richard, a surgeon, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday.
The former opposition leader was once dubbed the second most powerful man in Barbados because of his close relationship with former prime minister, Errol Barrow. He was renowned for his intellect and as an excellent doctor, politician and debater.
Sir Richard entered elective politics as a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in 1976, contesting his hometown seat of St. George North. He was named finance minister in 1986.
“Ritchie” as he was popularly known, left the DLP in 1989 to form the National Democratic Party (NDP), but returned to the DLP after the NDP was trounced in the 1991 polls.
He was knighted in 2003, four years after quitting politics.