Sir Richard “Richie” Haynes – the Passing of a Gentleman

Tribute to Sir Richard Christopher Haynes by Hal Austin.  Sir Richard died yesterday [23/06/2013] at the age of 77 years old. He was a retired Physician Specialist, former Minister of Finance and Leader of the Opposition.

The Late Sir Richard Christopher Haynes - photo credit: Nation

The Late Sir Richard Christopher Haynes – photo credit: Nation

The untimely, but not surprising death of Sir Richard “Richie” Haynes, at the relatively early age of 77, has robbed Barbados of one of his few world-class statesmen, a decent and honourable gentleman. Sir Richard will go down in recent Barbadian political history as the nearly man: the best prime minister we have never had, and the nearly governor-general.
He missed out on being leader of the DLP because he felt politically that Erskine Sandiford was not the political leader he would like to serve under, and by any political measure, he was right. We now know, from the disastrous Sandiford leadership, that Sir Richard could hardly do any worse. Sandiford was a disaster for the party and the nation. However, it was Sir Richard’s impatience and strength of feeling that denied him the leader of the party.

Had he retired to the backbench and continued to serve his party and nation, when Sandiford’s ship sailed in, disillusioned party members would have turned to Sir Richard to lead the party and, in time, Barbadian voters would have been more forgiving. Forming a third party of mainly middle class professional people sent the wrong message to the electorate. Then, predictably, internecine warfare broke out within the National Democratic Party (NDP) which, time, became a test of loyalty – to Sir Richard, or to the various rebel factions. In time, although he did not formally dissolve the party, Sir Richard retreated from elective politics, preferring to concentrate on medicine and his family business. He soon semi-retired from medicine and spent more time on the family business, before finally calling it a day with medicine.

He missed out from being appointed governor-general, it is popularly assumed, by a government that was trapped in old-fashioned party politics. But he was by far and away the best candidate of his generation to rise to the height of head of state. Sir Richard was not bitter, or if so not in the many conversations we have had. He remained impressively dignified in his behaviour and conversation, as one would have expected.

I was introduced to Sir Richard by the late Ashton Gibson, a fellow Harrisonian, on a day I was due to fly out of Barbados. Sir Richard generously re-arranged his schedule and agreed to meet for lunch at his bungalow in Belleville, which at the time was used as the headquarters of the now defunct NDP, of which he was the chief cook and bottle washer. The conversation criss-crossed a number of topics, including the idea behind the formation of the NDP.

Two events come to mind as I think of my association with Richie. The first was taking him to a now demolished pub in Peckham, South London, which was a popularly haunt for Barbadians at weekends. His natural shyness at a group of loud, boisterous Barbadians, playing dominoes and swearing, left him speechless. Richie’s response was to offer to buy rounds of drinks and replying to everyone who said hello to him: hi, man. I do not remember a single conversation getting beyond those words.

On another occasion I persuaded him to give as small talk to a group of Barbadians in a pub in Acton, West London. He was reserved and cautious, seeking more to find out the views of the small group of people, than he was to express his own. Sir Richard “Richie” Haynes was a man of enormous professional and political integrity, sincerity and dignity uncommon among Barbadian politicians and public figures. He had an honesty and basic decency that endeared him to those he met and, even when under attack, he never allowed that fundamental grace to slip. If he had one irritating fault, it was that he always felt that he was the one to foot the drinks bill; this was either out of generosity of spirit, or an aristocratic belief that those he perceived as his social inferiors should not buy him drinks. I think it was his generosity. Nothing else about the man suggested social snobbery; he was too socially intelligent to carry the weight of such out-dated social nonsense on his broad shoulders.

One of the social highlights of a visit to Barbados enjoyed by my wife and I was visiting Sir Richard and Lady Haynes and having a soberly chat over a glass of gin and tonic in the quiet of the early evening at their secluded home. His family should be proud that he has left behind a mark of great public service, of paying back, to use a vulgar phrase, what the people of Barbados have so generously paid for his education.
His was life well lived, of service rendered, of dignity and humility. Sir Richard was what all Barbadian public servants should aspire to be.


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52 Comments on “Sir Richard “Richie” Haynes – the Passing of a Gentleman”

  1. David June 24, 2013 at 6:43 AM #

    Members of the BU household recalls those epic debates with the political Goliaths of the day.

    May you rest in peace Sir Richie!



    We will not miss him Violet Beckles knows the other side of him .
    Violet 23rd, David 23rd Richie 23rd
    The numbers are right


  3. Piece Uh De Rock, Yeah Right!! June 24, 2013 at 7:02 AM #

    The good that men do is oft interred with their bones..”

    Each of us comes to this point of departure and to you sir i doff my hat for a battle fought in love for country, oftimes surrounded by lesser men, without similar sense of service to country and family, for what is national service if not one of devotion to the wider family or what Fumble calls society.

    Morituri te salutant .. we who are about to die salute you and hope that with our passing we too might be accorded the well deserved praise you MUST & WILL receive.

    To your blood family I extend my deepest condolences, death wherever it comes, is never welcomed by those left behind, but to them i would offer these words “as a sufferer in these frail bodies, it is welcomed, for an infinitesimal second, as the silver thread is broken and it relieves us from the pain of cancers and the rest of these diseases that rack us on this side of the Great Divide.

    To your your larger family on this Rock, Sir Richard, I hope your passing as our brother might be of some value as we individually evaluate what service to country means.

    For those who understand and are committed to such, I offer my condolences and to those on whom this is just water off a duck’s back, I still offer my condolences for these our walking dead.


  4. islandgal246 June 24, 2013 at 7:06 AM #

    My condolences to his wife Lady Carol and his children. Barbados has lost another great citizen who has done great service to his country. Sleep well Sir Richie!


  5. Amused June 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

    Indeed. To Carol and family, sincerest condolences. A very sad day. He was a great man.


  6. Piece Uh De Rock, Yeah Right!! June 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM #

    Like some beast that eats the carrion meat of dead bodies in a forest, you Plantation Deeds show what a poor specimen of a man that you are, that even in death when this great equalizer makes us all equal, you pounce on the still reamins of the man and rip it asunder.

    You are the walking dead sir, and each day as you expect us to support this dead Violet Beckles recently in her grave, on blogs that have nothing to do with her being relieved of her deeds, and by this act and expressed triumph in the falling of one of our own sons, you rejoice.

    I, octagenarian PODRYR, here do prophesy that these four lines for a man who is now dead will be your bane until you pass this veil like Sir Richie

    No one will raise a finger to assist the now dead Beckles’ cause because of this show of your true colours.

    Let me do a brief profile, a black man, in their late 30’s to early 40’s, returning from USA, not the UK, not of privilege parenthood, pulled self up by bootstraps, (translated no broughtupsy) seeking to make money from the estate of Violet.

    Young poor and charlatan individual who seeks by tying self to this cause of Beckles, to right this wrong committed, and reaching out at anything that passes, to tear and sear with word and senseless comment towards living and the dead.

    What if someone were to commence a counter to your Violet Beckles aimed at her literacy, or lack thereof, and enter each BU blogspace and decry her intelligence and by extension, seek to belittle her capacity and intellect, the veracity of her ownership and all the other claims that you have made?

    Pause Plantation Deeds, think a while and even if you dont apologise to the family of the fallen Sir Richie for your callous statement, remember that people are NEVER going to side with your when you curse ANYONE’s DEAD FATHER or MOTHER.

    Remember Noel Lynch, Barney Lynch’s son and his comments about the late DT, Bajans unlike you Bajan Yankees dont take too kindly to disrespecting the dead, be you DLP or BLP, and in this case NDP


  7. The Dummy @ Dumo June 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM #

    In not so many I told the brutish bitch the same thing last night in not so many words.


  8. Amused June 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM #

    @Piece Uh De Rock. Hear hear. I am fed up to the back teeth with Plantation Deeds and his tales of the late Beckles. He claims 420 plantations owned by this woman, which is over 60% of the total landmass of Barbados. And even if they were 10 acre small holdings, it would be over 4% of the total landmass, in other words, one third of Christ Church. He has produced no records from the Parochial Registers (to be found at the Archives) and no records of this Beckles and her precursor (one Henry) ever having paid parochial rates or land taxes. You ask for them, and all he does is to instruct you that that great legal luminary, Casewell, agrees with him. You advise him to gather evidence that will prove his case and he tries to tell you that people teef the evidence, which is total balls. You recommend that he goes and conducts searches at the Archives, but that would be work and he wants everybody to hand him evidence, even presumably if they have to manufacture it.

    Then, he turns around and starts on Richie Haynes, a man who, with his wife, was a close and dear friend of mine and of my family and whose contribution to Barbados, both in the medical and political fields, is VAST. He has the incredible bad taste to spew his form of hallucination and filth on a thread that Carol and family might easily read, because of what BU now represents in Barbados and to all Bajans.

    @Plantation Deeds. Time for you to F*CK OFF!! As Jeff would say, you are a twit.


  9. Zoe June 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM #

    “Sir Richard died yesterday [23/06/2013] at the age of 77 years old. He was retired surgeon”…..,

    Sir Richard was not a surgeon, he was a ‘physician specialist’ F.R.C.P, ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’



    Piece Uh De Rock, Yeah Right!!@ If you knew what hell and cost was put on Violet , If you knew what Violet spoke of , if you knew how Violet lived and her family suffered at the hands of also of Dottin , Cj, and others . Who now live and pass on what they taken and did to the rest of their Family , you might think different ,
    No one want to hear the truth good nor bad.Maybe Dottin need to let other listen to tape he may have made ? Dottin had this in his hands ,
    If Dottin did his work we all might be singing a different tune and tone.
    What i think of People when living don’t change because they are dead.
    Go and see how her family live and suffered and still is as many live on what maybe hers from her Aunt Beatrice.
    As Violet say, she only want what is hers and nothing more.

    When some one goes by the law and look in to things and the records are right , then and only then , but till then , lets hope no one crook you and yours ,
    All the things Barbados is dealing with now ,is because of people in high places not doing their work and selling out the country and to hide the wrong doings.
    I see none and cared when Violet past ,they were happy as the lawyers and all other run ramped ,
    When your VAT goes up to 20% and more later to cover the crimes , BLOG then how happy you are.



    Amused@ that is why its called Fraud look up the word.200 to 300 not 420 plantations.
    If the truth hurts then so be it , The truth is the true and will never turn in to a lie ,
    When the truth is told and seen and not hidden by Dottin , then you might change your tune , That is why the blogs are good , We can see what we write before we know, and then go back and read when we change our minds.
    As you can see many lawyers on this Blog ran off . Some when and ask questions and found some answers for self and did not come back to say their FINDINGS . ,,, SHAME OR GUILT FOR MAKING DEEDS THAT NOW THEY KNOW ARE NO GOOD.
    it dont mean that they knew , many dont know , and now to know hurts.
    its was said in 1846 there were 491 active plantations and 506 windmills
    By 1920 there were only 321 listed as still dealing with Sugar.
    396 listed at the Barbados library
    1.Black Rock Plantation,2. Garden Plantation, 3.Brittons Hill Plantation,4.Welches St Plantation. Michael ,situated at MILE LORDS HILL.just a few not listed any where . so for now the count on line is 400 ,Amused@ We have not reached 420 as yet if ever , still looking.
    We are sure you all love your Henry Fraser and Ronnie Hughes and others dealing with the National Trust.
    They may tell you of John Beckles the AG 1786 who bought the BAY Plantation from Ford.Beckles died in 1823.
    But What about John Beckles of the Baby Welfare League and his band of voluntary social workers,
    Who it appears to have sold the Bay plantation and Bay Manson on Bay Street to Beatirce Henry in 1930 . But Yet the Skinner Family in the National Trust books as the owner today

    If you have batter truth Amused bring it, or just keep blogging.We all want the truth on this side , If the Truth as we know it to be Hurts then we hope you all feel better,


  12. David June 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

    @Thanks Zoe.

    William Skinner, looking forward to your comment.


  13. Carson C. Cadogan June 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    He was a traitor to the Democratic Labour Party.

    Good riddance.


  14. Well Well. June 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM #

    Carson…………..thought you only sympathized with the males species.


  15. tedd June 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    i dont think richie was a traitor to the DLP principles, i think sandiford was.
    or is the party organisation more important than the ideology and principles.


  16. Pachamama June 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

    @ Carson C Cadogan
    Have you no honour? Is the DLP your God? What manner of man are you? You must be the ultimate lackey. A dog who can bark even when his masters are otherwise guided!


  17. Amused June 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    @Pachamama | June 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM | Why are you paying attention to Carson? No one else does.


  18. Pachamama June 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    @ Amused
    Thanks man, but how can we face real problems when people like this pollute the blogisphere with bile in the most inopportune moments?


  19. Powered by Coal June 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

    Carson Cadogan

    You are a callous brute. Have some respect for the dead and if you can’t then keep your trap shut.


  20. Powered by Coal June 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM #


    In your little cesspool of a world it is clear that politics trumps humanity. Oh boy to be ignorant is pure bliss.


  21. David June 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

    As Amused as advised please stay on point with your comments. What matters is that Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart has commented favourably about Sir Richard.


  22. Negroman June 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

    As a former member of the National Democratic Party,I knew Richie Haynes very well.I considered him to be a cocky,arrogant condensing individual. Richie Haynes had little regard or respect for people he considered to be lesser mortals than himself.
    I really do not want to speak anything bad about the dead -Richie Haynes,but his death has not affected me in any way whatsoever.
    I had personal discussions with him and I will say without a doubt,Richie Haynes is not the nicest person to meet.
    Hypocrisy is rampant in Barbados and as result we Barbadians want to give the impression that when a person is dead despite what that person did or did not do while alive that person must be given the greatest accolades. I differ.
    I understand and support the comments of some commenters that have angered other bloggers.
    We Barbadians must stop being hypocrites


  23. Carson C. Cadogan June 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    Somehow people become extremely nice when they die.

    Richie Haynes always felt that he was above everyone else.


  24. Carson C. Cadogan June 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM #

    I never like him. That is not about to change now that he is dead.


  25. Georgie Porgie June 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    RENegroman | June 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM |
    As a former member of the National Democratic Party,I knew Richie Haynes very well.I considered him to be a cocky,arrogant condensing individual. Richie Haynes had little regard or respect for people he considered to be lesser mortals than himself.

    i had to deal with Haynes once over the telephone, and must agree with you from that interaction. I had seen a patient at St Joseph’s Hospital one Sunday evening, ordered some blood tests and asked that they be taken to the Chemical Pathologists at the QEH IN THE MORNING. I had also arranged that the patient be seen by my favorite physician specialist Tim Roach.

    When you hear the shout the Tuesday morning , the helper called me to the phone saying a Dr Haynes wanted to speak to me. I wondered what for, since I knew not the man, and am definitely not a social climber like some who have had drinks with him here , thither and yon, and find that so remarkable.

    You see I worship and look up to one man only -THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!;.

    Hear the man
    I hear you have seen Mr X.


    He needs to have x y z done.

    Yes I know and have done the same

    He needs to be admitted for x

    Yes I know and have arranged the same

    I wondered who the hell give this man the right to call my home to give me orders, like if I was a houseman on his staff. The man never taught me, was never in any of my exams. I wanted to know what give him the right to call my house. Quite out of order

    All you all talk about not speaking evil of the dead, but we all have faults. We were all born in sin and shapen in iniquity. And the Scriptures teach that the soul that sinneth it shall die. And again It is appointed unto man once to die and after death the judgement.

    Many of you here on BU speak EVIL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!;. Why then can some one express their feelings about a man of lesser consequence?

    Now you all can cuss me too.


  26. Gabriel Tackle June 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM #

    Dr Richard C Haynes was a scholar and a gentleman,a friend and mentor,a highly skilled and expert physician,blessed with a formidable intellect which must have had its genesis in his intimate grasp of the classics,one who enjoyed his practice and had an excellent bedside manner.He had a commanding physical presence and thought first then spoke.He was a true Barbadian patriot and when the history of our period is written,Sir Richard will be mentioned and be accorded the reverence and respect we reserve for the chosen,the likes of GHA,EWB,JMGHA,HBStJ.His concern like those beforementioned was for this country and its people.May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


  27. David June 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

    Democratic Labour Party shared Vote Freundel‘s photo.
    Memories of Sir Richard.

    May God comfort the family and friends of the late “Richie” Haynes as we remember and acknowledge his contribution to Barbados and our development.


  28. BAFBFP June 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM #

    I voted for Haynes (sorry, do not recognize Knighthoods) in St Michael South Central at every opportunity … but have never met the man. RIP and condolences to the family and friends.

    Having said that, this is BU and people ’bout hey does speak their minds. This has nothing to do with lack of respect, but addressing the topic of Richy Haynes’ remembered. David is ALWAYS biased in his depictions, invariably in favour of the status quo. But no man is perfect and liked by all. I is a man that like hearing the opinions from all sides … so bring em on.

    Carson I gotta tell yah, you is a expert at stirring up the pot nah …!


  29. David June 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM #


    What is status quo about remembering the good things Richie do?

    BU representing the status quo is a bit oxymorish no?


  30. old onion bags June 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

    Sincere condolences to Dr. Jacobs and the Haynes family….Sir Richie was a man beyond his era and should be surely missed, definitely a brilliant mind and Son of the Soil has departed… Barbados being the poorer….May he rest in Peace…..


  31. Redman June 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    Condolonces to Sir Richie’s Family…. Best Prime Minister Bim never had!


  32. BAFBFP June 25, 2013 at 6:38 AM #


    That is exactly what is said about Henry Ford, and I disagree with both.


    I did say “invariably”. What I should have said was “sometimes”. But of course I am mindful of the opinions on North Korea, Sadam Husein and so on … HA HA HA


  33. Carson C. Cadogan June 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    Haynes was responsible the trouble Barbados found it self in. How many can remember the bullet loan he secured from Japan I think it was which in the end almost crippled Democratic Labour Party Government?


  34. Prodigal Son June 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    People like this one above came on BU and lambasted Noel Lynch for the comments he made unadvisedly about David Thompson at a BLP public meeting. Now he does the very same thing to Richie Haynes. Man, you convince people every day that your are truly a DLP pimp.

    The Dems know pretty well that Sandi was taken to Government House and made PM by Cammie and this is what caused the row about the leadership. It is amusing what short minds the Dems have.

    How can Haynes be responsible for Barbados’ woes today? The fault, yardfowl, lies with this present incompetent brainless bunch you so stoutly defend…….Freundel Stuart and Chris Sincklar. If Haynes was such a traitor to the DLP why a man in your position did not stop the party from naming the Boardwalk the BLP so marvellously built after him? You pimp!

    My condolences to the Haynes family.


  35. Georgie Porgie June 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

    On the chosing of Sandi by Cammie, Lennie St Hill wrote ” Sandi outran them to government house, and they were out- runout!”


  36. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    I knew Dr. Haynes , worked for him when he was running against Philip Goddard, and spent a lot of time with him. I had dealings with him from a professional point of view when I ran my laboratory.I will only say that in this area he was not one who was prepared to live up to one’s expectations. I had occasion to compare him with Bre St. John who showed that he was a friend of those struggling to succeed, while Dr. Haynes was the opposite. Enough said. May he rest in peace. By the way why is it that the same people (they know who they aree) who are saying you should not speak ill of the dead, so vehemently attack David thompson? Isn’t he dead also?


  37. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    With respect to Reggie Hunte being “the new attack dog” maybe when there are alot of barking Jack sapniels crowding around and attacking you from every quarter you need a rottweiler to put fear into the little nuisances.


  38. Prodigal Son June 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM #

    The problem people had with David Thompson’s death is the many accolades attributed to him which were not true!


  39. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM #

    By the way Hal, Caswell is right about the “bullet loan” which Prime Minister Barrow advised against, but which was still pursued by the then Minister of Finance Richie Haynes, that was a contributor to the economic problems inherited by Mr. Sandiford. I went to the archives at the archive department and checked Hansard for the dicsuccuons on the matter. dheck it out yourselves.


  40. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

    @Prodigal Son, whether the accolades were true or not, the epithets cast against the man still speak ill of the dead, and many of the accolades about Sir Richard are also not true.Either you are going to be consistent or not. As Caswell said there is too much hypocrisy around.


  41. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM #

    @Well Well


  42. Alvin Cummins June 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

    Sorry it was not Caswell who wrote of the Bullet Loan it was Carson. sorry o both.


  43. Well Well. June 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM #

    Alvin………..good afternoon, hope all is well with you……



    David | June 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    William Skinner, looking forward to your comment.@

    We still looking for Skinner or waiting for Skinner , More than 24 hours have past .

    @They may tell you of John Beckles the AG 1786 who bought the BAY Plantation from Ford. Beckles died in 1823.
    But What about John Beckles of the Baby Welfare League and his band of voluntary social workers,
    Who it appears to have sold the Bay plantation and Bay Manson on Bay Street to Beatrice Henry in 1930 . But Yet the Skinner Family in the National Trust books as the owner today.??


  45. Gabriel Tackle June 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM #

    Georgie Porgie
    Another of Lennie’s gems:There was swine fever in the country and Joy used to influence the disposal of the slops from the various government institutions.When the scandal broke Lennie wrote”Where there is a swill there is a sway”


  46. Georgie Porgie June 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM #



  47. David June 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

    Sir Richard’s funeral will be on Tuesday.


  48. Georgie Porgie June 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM #

    One of the social highlights of the funeral enjoyed by he of porcine facies who drivels faeces on BU weekly and his wife will be visiting Lady Haynes and having a soberly chat over a glass of gin and tonic in the quiet of the early evening at their secluded home


  49. David June 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM #

    Indeed GP, who don’t get invite must be on the outer band.


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