Passing of Hon. Simeon Daniel, First Premier of Nevis, Announced
One of the Federation’s Founding Fathers
Dr. the Hon. Simeon Daniel (1934 - 2012)
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May 27 -- The passing of Dr. the Hon. Simeon Daniel was announced this afternoon. Dr. Daniel served as the first Premier of Nevis (1983 - 1992), and was among the Federation’s Founding Fathers. He had retired from his duties as Senior Partner and consultant in the firm of Daniel, Brantley and Associates.

According to his published bio, Dr. Daniel was born on August 22, 1934 at Barnes Ghaut Village in St. Thomas’ Parish, Nevis to Joseph Daniel and Melvina Daniel, nee Archer. He received his early education at St. Thomas’ Government Elementary School in Nevis, entering the teaching profession as a Pupil Teacher in 1950, and attained the Leeward Island Teachers’ Certificate in 1957.

Dr. Daniel began his legal tutorial at the Council of Legal Education School of Law England in 1962. While still a student (1960-1966) he worked as a clerk at the London County Council and later as an Executive Officer. In 1965, he received a recognition grant for outstanding meritorious work from the said Institution. He continued his education at the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court in London. In 1966, he became Barrister at Law and was called to the Bar in England.

Dr. Daniel returned to Nevis in 1966 and served as Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and was admitted to the Local Bar that same year. The following year he was appointed Crown Counsel and later Registrar of the Supreme Court and Additional Magistrate in the State. He entered private practice in 1969.

In terms of political accomplishments, he was among the founding members of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 1970. Dr. Daniel served as Chairman of the Local Council from 1972 to 1980 and was elected to the National Assembly in May 1975 and February 1980.

Following the formation of the historic Coalition Government of the People’s Action Movement of St. Kitts and the Nevis Reformation Party, he assumed the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Nevis Affairs on February 19, 1980. He gained Home Rule for Nevis under the Independence Constitution in September 1983.

He established the Bank of Nevis Ltd. in 1985, and founded the law firm of Daniel, Brantley & Associates, which was joined by Mark Brantley in 1996.

Among the awards he received: Doctor of Laws (Honorary), Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna International University Foundation, 1987; Albert Einstein Bronze Medal for Peace, Albert Einstein Bronze International Academy Foundation, 1987; Cambridge Hall of Fame, 2005; Award of Commendation as Founder and Supporter of Bank Of Nevis Ltd.

The July 8, 2011 edition of The Observer carried the following Commentary from Dr. Daniel:

A Country that forgets its past is doomed to re-live it

Greetings to all,
A Country that forgets its past is doomed to re-live it.

Forty years ago a group of seriously minded men decided to form a political party – the NRP – to fight for the social, economic and political welfare of Nevis. Our creed was characterized in this verse:-

I vow to thee my Country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love

The love that never falters
The love that pays the price
The love that makes undaunted, the final sacrifice.

During those forty years many achievements were accomplished and many disappointments were experienced.

The people of Nevis were united in the cause as is seen in the unofficial referendum of 1977 where 4, 193 persons voted “Yes” for Secession and 14 voted “No”.

In 1983 St. Kitts and Nevis gained Independence and Section 113 of that Constitution enshrined the right of the people of Nevis to gain Independence if two-thirds (2/3) of the voters so desire. Another referendum is required.

In 1998 an attempt was made to achieve the final goal of Independence but ironically the NRP which fought for the Independence of Nevis voted against it.

He that puts his hand to the plough and takes it back is not fit for the Kingdom.

I have decided to join in the Nevis Rescue Operation because when honest men see wrong being done and do nothing about it then Evil will prevail.

We see our own people illegally disenfranchising their brothers and sisters. Where is their Conscience?

Our Constitution and our rights have been trampled upon by those in Authority in the Electoral process.

Children born in Nevis are deprived the support of their parents who are refused work permits.

We should love our neighbours as ourselves as directed by holy writ

What we sow that we will reap.
We cannot afford to make a dictator to rule over us and our children. By the power of our votes we can prevent that happening.

Nevisian, we have to stand up for our rights.

For if we loose it this time our last state will be worse than the first.

If our Country ever need us it needs us now for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this World, and secular wickedness in high places.

Let this be our song.

Of all the world in East, North, South and West
I love my native land best
I love the land that bore me
I honour every nations name
Respect their fortunes and their fame
But I love the land that bore me

May God Bless us all.