Sir Joseph Lambert Eustace, GCMG, GCVO
Former Governor-General of St. Vincnet and the Grenadines
Joseph Lambert Eustace was a former Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Joseph Lambert Eustace was born on 28 February 1908, the second son of Reynold Lambert Eustace and Beatrice St. Hilaire Eustace of Mayreau in the St.Vincent Grenadines.
Together with his brother John Parmenas Eustace he founded the Intermediate School in November 1926 and taught there until around 1932 when he joined the staff of the St.Vincent Boys Grammar School.
A keen cricketer in his youth, he retained a lifelong interest in the sport. He was also an avid reader and national Chess Champion and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.
From 1950 to 1959 he was Manager of the Government Cotton Ginnery at Richmond Hill. The ginnery burnt to the ground in 1959 and was not rebuilt. He then built and operated his own oil and soap factory along with a cotton ginnery at Montrose from 1960 to 1967.
In 1963 he became a member of the St. Vincent Labour Party headed by Robert Milton Cato and successfully contested the South Leeward seat in the 1964 election. The party however, remained in Opposition. He was re-elected an MP in the 1967 election which the Labour Party won and became Minister of Social Services and Education. From 1969 to 1970 he served as Minister of Education and Health.
He was appointed Speaker of the House of Assembly where he served from 4 May 1972 to 23 September 1974, under the St. Vincent Labour Party Administration before retiring.
He was appointed Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in February 1985 and served in this capacity until 1988.
He married Elaine Harold in 1941 and had a daughter, Elaine Marjorie Delores, born in 1942. His wife died shortly thereafter and he was married a second time to Faustina Gatherer in 1947. They had a son, Reynold Lambert Mountbatten in 1948 and a daughter, Margaret-Ann, in 1952.
Sir Joseph died on 2 November 1996, aged 88.