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Clifford Straughn Husbands
(5 August 1926 - 11 October 2017)
Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands, KA, GCMG
Former Governor-General of Barbados

Clifford Straughn Husbands was Governor-General of Barbados from 1 June 1996 to 31 October 2011.

Early life and education

Clifford Straughn Husbands, GCMG, KA, was born on the 5 August, 1926 at Morgan Lewis Plantation, in the parish of St. Andrew. He received his primary education at Selah Boy's Elementary School in St. Lucy between 1931 and 1936, and secondary education at the Parry School and Harrison College between 1936 and 1946.

On leaving Harrison College, Sir Clifford taught at the Parry School for three years before proceeding to London where he entered the Middle Temple to pursue studies in Law. He qualified as a Barrister and was called to Bar in 1952.


On his return to Barbados, Sir Clifford was admitted to practise law at the local Bar. He then entered private practice in the Chambers of Mr. W. W. Reece between 1952 and 1954. In 1954, he acted as Deputy Registrar.

Between 1954 and 1960, Sir Clifford held various legal appointments in Grenada, Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla.

Sir Clifford returned to Barbados in 1960 and assumed duties as Assistant to the Attorney-General and Legal Draftsman. He was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions in 1967 and elevated to the dignity of Queen's Counsel in 1968.

Sir Clifford was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1976 and was promoted in 1991 as a Justice of Appeal, completing his tenure in 1996. He also acted as Chief Justice on several occasions and as Governor-General.

Sir Clifford was sworn in as Governor-General on 1 June 1996, following the death of Barbados' first female Governor-General Dame Nita Barrow.

Sir Clifford retired as Governor-General on 31 October 2011 having spent 15 years in the post.

Honours and awards

In recognition of his long and outstanding Legal and Judicial Service to Barbados, Sir Clifford was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit in 1986, made a Companion of Honour in 1989 and a Knight of St. Andrew in 1995.

Personal life

Sir Clifford was the widower of the former Ruby C.D. Parris who died in 2009. He was the father of three children – Sandra Dawne Taylor, Anthony, and Laura Husbands.


Sir Clifford passed away at his St James residence on 11 October 2017, aged 91. He was accorded a State Funeral on Friday, 3 November 2017, at the St Lucy Parish Church, Barbados.

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Clifford Husbands
Occupation Jurist
Date of Birth 5 August 1926
Place of Birth Barbados
Date of Death 11 October 2017 (aged 91)
Place of Death Barbados
Notable Accomplishments
Governor General of Barbados: 1 June 1996 - 31 October 2011
Barbados Barbados
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