Harold Bernard St. John

Errol Barrow Christ Church, Barbados Barbados Labour Party

Sir Harold Bernard St. John

3rd Prime Minister of Barbados
In office
11 March 1985 – 29 May 1986
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralHugh Springer
Preceded byJ.M.G. (Tom) Adams
Succeeded byErrol Barrow
ConstituencyChrist Church South
Personal details
Born16 August 1931
Christ Church, Barbados
Died29 February 2004(2004-02-29) (aged 72)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Political partyBarbados Labour Party
Spouse(s)Lady Stella St. John (nee Hope)
ResidenceIlaro Court 1985–1986

Sir Harold Bernard St. John, KA (16 August 1931 – 29 February 2004) was a Barbadian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of Barbados from 1985 to 1986. He was leader of the Barbados Labour Party from 1970 to 1971 and again from 1985 to 1987. He was widely known as Bree.

St. John was born in the Parish of Christ Church and attended the Christ Church Foundation School. He was professionally trained as a lawyer at the University College London. In 1959, before the island became independent from the United Kingdom, St. John joined the Barbados Labour Party, and after independence in 1966, he was elected to the Barbados House of Assembly. He served as a member of the Upper Chamber between 1971 and 1976 as a member of the Opposition party.

St. John left the Upper House when he was re-elected to the House of Assembly in 1976, when his party under J.M.G. Adams won the election. He served in numerous cabinet positions in the 1970s including deputy prime minister, minister of trade and industry, and minister of tourism where he did his most influential work in developing the tourism industry in Barbados. When Adams died in 1985, St. John became Prime Minister. The following year he was defeated in the elections by Errol Barrow and the Democratic Labour Party.

In 1994 when the BLP regained power, he did not return to the Cabinet and served instead as a backbencher under Owen Arthur. That same year St. John was conferred the highest honour in Barbados; he was made a Knight of St. Andrew (KA) of the Order of Barbados.

In 2004, Bernard St. John died of cancer in Bridgetown. He left his widow Lady Stella (née Hope) and three children: Bryte, Charmaine and Nicole.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "3rd Prime Minister Sir Harold Bernard St. John 1985 - 1986". Totally Barbados.