Dr. Joseph J. Halliday
Dr. Joseph J. Halliday

PM Harris expresses condolences to family of Joseph J. Halliday

From the Office of the Prime Minister 

Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris extends his heartfelt condolences, and those of the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to the family and loved ones of Dr. Joseph Halliday, OBE.

Dr. Halliday, a former chief education officer and headmaster at the Sandy Point High School (now the Charles E. Mills Secondary School), died at the age of 79.

He was born in Fig Tree, Sandy Point , July 13, 1938. He married Maisie and they had five children. Halliday was an alumnus of the University of London and the University of the West Indies.

“After serving with distinction in his leadership role at the Ministry of Education for two decades, Dr. Halliday was recruited as the first force personnel officer of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the Fire and Rescue Services,” Harris said March 12. “Dr. Halliday initiated and implemented a five-year strategic plan to improve accountability and morale in the police force, the blueprint of which remains to this day.

“He was one of the greatest leaders of his time, bar none. He chaired the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Transition Management Team and also chaired the Public Service Commission,” Harris added. “We are much better off for his contributions over the years.”

A role model and hero to his contemporaries and younger generations in Sandy Point and further afield, Halliday received the “SPBS Distinguished Community Service Award” in September 2012 at the Sandy Point Benevolent Society’s (SPBS) second annual awards banquet. Twelve years earlier, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Prime Minister Harris’ thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Joseph Halliday as they grieve the death of their beloved patriarch. “May they find comfort and strength, knowing that he contributed greatly to the development of his beloved country,” Harris said.