Daniel, who served as Premier of Nevis from 1983 to 1992 and Minister of Finance for St. Kitts & Nevis from 1980-1984, died at his home on Sunday 27th May, 2012, following a prolonged battle with cancer.
His body will lay in state at the High Court in Charlestown from 8:00am-12:00pm, on Tuesday 5th June, to accommodate the thousands of islanders who wish to pay their respects.
Though it was Daniel’s wish for his funeral service to be held at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, instead of an open public park as hoped by residents, scores of dignitaries, including politicians, government ministers, diplomats, business and civic leaders are expected to be in attendance, for the service that begins at 2:30pm.
Additional viewing at the church will be from at 1:00pm.
While public offices and banks are expected to close from 12:00pm for the half holiday, all schools in Nevis have been granted a full holiday.
He was born at Barnes Ghaut Village in Saint Thomas Lowland Parish, Nevis, on 22nd August, 1934, to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, nee Archer. He received his early education at St. Thomas’ Government Elementary School in Nevis. He entered the teaching profession as a Pupil Teacher in 1950 and attained the Leeward Island Teachers’ Certificate in 1957.
St. Thomas was the constituency that he represented in the Island Assembly of Nevis and also (along with St. James), in the Federal House of Parliament.