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Olin Dennie
(6 February 1953 - 1 September 2016)
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Olin Jenkins Bedse Dennie
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Olin Dennie was a lawyer and former Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Early life and education

Olin Dennie was born  on 6 Febuary 1953, and grew up in Troumaca, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He received his early education at Troumaca Primary and several other primary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, based on where his father served as head teacher. In 1966, at 12, Dennie entered the St. Vincent Grammar School - one of the country’s most prestigious secondary schools, and was an active member of Reeves House. There, he excelled in sports, particularly in track and field, running the 100 and 200 yards. He even established a record for the 100 yards, which stood for decades, the obituary says.

In 1972, Dennie started reading law at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, where he earned his LL. B (Hons), a law degree. He then moved on to the Hugh Wooding Law School at UWI in Trinidad and Tobago, where he completed his Bar Vocational course, allowing him to practice law. He was called to the bar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1977.

Career

He established his law firm in 1978, practicing both civil and criminal law. After the 1984 general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Olin was appointed speaker of the House of Assembly, serving from 23 August 1984 to 1 August 1985, under the New Democratic Party Administration. He later served as magistrate at both the Kingstown and Georgetown Magistrate courts.

Death

Dennie died on 1 September 2016 in New York, after a period of illness. He was 63.

Personal life

He loved calypso music and would often be heard singing songs from, among others, the “Calypso King of the World,” the Mighty Sparrow, the obituary says. A man of culture, he attended Dimanche Gras in Vincy Mas, the national carnival, annually, and also participated in Mardi Gras with the mas band, Blondie Bird and Friends. He also enjoyed playing squash and walking with the members of a walking club, Almond Tree Walkers.

Dennie was survived by his father; nine siblings — Omourelle Odle, Trevor, Monica, Roslyn, Alex, Cheryl and Anthony Dennie, Jillian Williams and Karen Huskinson; seven children — Nisha, Amirh, Omar and Ozari Dennie, Jomo Nichols, Kwesi Smith and Peter Ash-Dennie; and five grandchildren – Kobe and Hailey Smith, Lucas and Jacob Nichols, and Leo Ash Dennie.

Sources
http://thevincentian.com/remembering-olin-dennie-olin-and-i-were-black-conscious-says-colleague-p11517-1.htm
http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2016/9/2016-09-16-nk-olin-dennie-cl.html
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Occupation Lawyer, Politician
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Date of Birth 6 February 1953
Place of Birth St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Date of Death 1 September 2016 (aged 63)
Place of Death New York, USA
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Notable Accomplishments
Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 1984-1985
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