Hon. Richard Caines

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Sir Richard Llewellyn Caines CSM, JP, who served as Junior Minister of Finance in the People’s Action Movement (PAM) Administration, died shortly after 11:00 p.m. on July 27. He was 87-years-old.

Richard Caines was sworn in on March 20, 1980 at the opening of the new session of Parlaiment following the February 18, 1980 General Election in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris extends his heartfelt condolences, and those of the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to Sir Caines family and loved ones.
“Sir Richard Caines was a great inspiration to many people of all ages, both personally and professionally,” said Prime Minister Harris. “He was a very successful businessman, a gentleman, a humanitarian and philanthropist extraordinaire, who was humble, decent, and a sincere and dependable friend to those who were blessed to have him in their lives.

“I cherished Sir Richard’s friendship and valued his wise counsel, which resulted in us engaging in long talks about life, leadership and our beloved country. I will miss him immensely, but I am heartened that he died peacefully, surrounded by the love and presence of his family — some of whom had come home to be with him in his final days. I know that having the companionship of his children in particular touched him greatly and gave him tremendous joy. May his soul rest in peace, knowing how deeply and widely he was loved and admired.”

On March 20, 1980, at the opening of the new session of Parliament following the February 18, 1980 General Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Richard L. Caines was sworn in as a Nominated Member for the People’s Action Movement, attaining ancillary responsibilities in the Ministry of Finance where the Hon. Simeon Daniel, who was sworn in as an Elected Member for the Nevis Reformation Party, was the presiding Minister for that portfolio.

The Hon. Richard Caines served as Chairman of the Social Security Board from 1980 to 1989, after which he was appointed Chairman of the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC).

During an investiture ceremony held at Government House on June 21, 2016, Hon. Richard Caines was conferred the Companion Star of Merit (CSM) – a National Honours Award – for his contribution to the field of business in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Prime Minister Harris extends deepest condolences to Mr. Richard Caines’ children, his extended family, friends, colleagues, and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis who join them in mourning his passing.