Cyril Valentine Walker, OBE, JP
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Cyril Valentine Walker was a Barbadian politician and former Democratic Labour Party Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Cyril Walker was the son of John Shirley and Rosetta Walker of Thorpe’s Cottage, St. George, Barbados. He received his secondary education at the Combermere School, Barbados. Cyril, as a young teacher, had supported National Hero Errol Walton Barrow when he contested his first seat in St. George in 1951. Walker later migrated to New York in 1952.
Being under the age of 26, he was drafted into the army in 1954, where he served on special duty in the Air Force in Texas, towards the end of the Korean War.
After his military service, Walker worked for an investment firm Patterson and Company, and for the first time introduced an investment instrument called mutual funds, which was then a novelty, especially in local circles. He also served as computer programmer and systems analyst and later became a systems manager at Honeywell, a multinational conglomerate (currently a Fortune 100 company), where he headed a project for the Caribbean run out of Toronto, until that project ended in 1975.
At the age of 46, Walker returned to Barbados and later became involved with the Democratic Labour Party. He served as Minister of Education and Culture from 1987 to 1991, and represented the constituency of St. George North, in the Democratic Labour Party administration.
He was the father on one daughter, Susan Walker McDonald.
Cyril Walker, died on 25 December 2013 and was accorded an official funeral on Friday, 10 January 2014. He was 83.