Clement David Obadiah Williams, affectionately known as ‘Bouncin,’ has died at the age of 70-years-old.
Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris extended his heartfelt condolences, and those of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to his wife, Mrs. Cynthia V. Williams; his son, Clement Jomo Williams; his daughter, Jihan Adika Williams; and loved ones. Williams is survived by three sisters: Sheila Richardson, Yvette Williams and Aurelie Thompson. He was the cousin of Kenneth Williams, publisher of the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer. Both of them were two brother’s children.
“Bouncin possessed inventive and multifaceted talent that made him excel in a number of arenas, including acting, writing, teaching mathematics and natural sciences, as well as directing and producing community theatre,” Dr. Harris said.
“His big, effervescent personality, sharp wit and incisive socio-political commentary leave a lasting impact that reminds us to laugh and enjoy life more, while inspiring us to be our best authentic selves and the best guardians of our country’s cherished values,” the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis added.
In his autobiography titled My Early Life on St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Clement Bouncin Williams lovingly detailed the values and lessons that were instilled in him by his mother, Miss Lucille, a food vendor whom he described as an iconic figure within the community of Newtown.
Bouncin Williams, who resided at Bird Rock, was born in Newtown, St. Kitts on August 13, 1948. He was said to be a “bouncing baby boy” weighing 10 pounds and 13 ounces at birth.
Bouncin grew up to graduate from the University of the West Indies and the University of Reading with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, respectively.
In 2006, he was named to the Electoral Reform Consultative Committee, which spent more than 10 weeks that year consulting with citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis, and with nationals living abroad. Their findings and recommendations were published in a report dated January 2007.
In 2015, Williams was invested with the Companion Star of Merit (CSM) for his contributions to the advancement of science, education and culture. It is one of the highest civilian honours that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis bestows on its sons and daughters.