Dr. Edward Roy Kent
October 1, 1920 - May 15, 2009
Edward Kent was born at his family's cocoa estate on Grenada in 1920. At age thirteen, Edward was sent to public school in England. He graduated from Bedford Modern School in 1939 and was returning to Carriacou for a holiday when WWII broke out.
It had been Edward's wish to study law, but with the war on in Europe, he was not able to return to England. Instead he took over management of his father's estates on Carriacou. He married Jean Mancini in 1943 and together they raised five children.
In the 50's Edward moved his young family to Grenada. He was elected president of the Grenada Agriculturists' Union while managing several estates. Then in 1957 they moved to St. Lucia where Edward managed Dennery Factory Co. for eleven years, returning to Carriacou in 1968.
In 1981 with the People's Revolutionary Government entrenched in Grenada and Carriacou, Edward accepted an offer to become project manager of St. Lucia Model Farms, a successful land-settlement scheme. He returned to Carriacou in 1985 and following the demise of the lime industry on Carriacou, redirected his energies toward livestock breeding and real estate development.
The Kents were founding members of the Carriacou Historical Society and Edward was elected president for several terms. With a vast knowledge of the history and archeology of Carriacou, Edward took an active interest in other social and cultural affairs.
In 1992 Edward Kent was awarded CBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The University of the West Indies bestowed Edward R. Kent with the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in 2007. He died at Craigston, Carriacou in 2009.
His memoir, Up Before Dawn was published posthumously in 2011.