Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell, GCMG GCVO QC
Former Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis
Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell was the last Governor of St. Kitts and Nevis, pre independence from 1980 to 1983 and was sworn in as Governor-General on 19 September 1983 upon independence and served until his retirement in 1996.
Early life and educaiton
Sir Clement Athelston Arrindell was born in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis on 16 April, 1931. He was the son of George Ernest Arrindell and Hilda Iona Arrindell, deceased (1975). He was educated at Bradley Private School, then at Basseterre Boys Elementary School, where he was head student in his final year, heading a slate of four scholarship winners from the Elementary School. He entered the St. Kitts & Nevis Grammar School, where he consistently topped his classes. He graduated in his final year as top Scholar, not only of this particular School, but also of all other graduates in the other Secondary Schools throughout the colony of St. Kitts & Nevis‐Anguilla as it then was, narrowly missing the Leeward Island Scholarship, won that year by Montserrat.
In 1950, he entered the Treasury Department of the Civil Service, and at the end of 1954 he left for studies in England. In April 1956, he entered Lincoln’s Inn, London, and was called to the Bar in June 1958 after setting a record for completion of the Bar Finals. Following Postgraduate Studies, he returned to St Kitts & Nevis in December 1958.
Sir Clement Arrindell was an eminent member of the legal profession. He entered Private Practice as a Barrister‐at‐Law and Solicitor (1959‐1966). Later he served as an Acting Magistrate (1964‐1966), Magistrate (1967‐1972), and Senior Magistrate (1972‐June 1978) (serving both at home in St Kitts and in the Territory of the Virgin Islands). In July 1978 Sir Clement was appointed a puisne judge of the then West Indies Associated States Supreme Court. This body became the OECS Supreme Court that we are today familiar with. His tenure on the court ended with his elevation to the governor’s office in 1981.
Sir Clement Arrindell was appointed Governor, St. Kitts & Nevis November 1981, and Governor-General at Independence, on 19 September 1983, thus making him the last Governor of the Colony of St. Kitts and Nevis and the first Governor-General of the newly independent Nation. He was first knighted in 1982.
Sir Clement retired from active public life in 1996.
Sir Clement married Evelyn Eugenia O’Loughlyn, a prominent music teacher and church organist of Basseterre, in 1967.
His hobbies included gardening and piano playing. He also had a passion for classical music.
Sir Clement died at the age of 79 on 26 March 2011. He was buried with full military honours after a state funeral at the Wesley Methodist Church, Seaton Street, Basseterre on Thursday 7 April 2011.