Who was Sir donald Sangster?

by Anonymous

Sir Donald Sangster <br><font size=1>Picture Credit: Jamaica Information Service</font>

Sir Donald Sangster
Picture Credit: Jamaica Information Service

Was he married? and if so to who? Did he have children? What did he do outside of government?

Did he have another name for non-government work, private business. Who were his parents?

Trying to do a research paper by not much information on these questions.

ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle March 31, 2010

Hi Anon,

I found this bit of information from the JLP's website and the Gleaner Newspaper:

Sir Donald Sangster was the son of W.B. Sangster, a land surveyor, and his wife Cassandra. He was born in Black River, St. Elizabeth on October 26, 1911.

He was educated at Munro College in the parish and was a solicitor by profession.

While at Munro College, he was quite the sportsman, excelling in traditional sports such as cricket, but also at gymnastics. At one time, he was captain of the St. Elizabeth parish team in the Nethersole Cricket Cup Competition.

He began his political career at the age of 21 when he was elected to the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in 1933.

He later became a member of the House of Representatives for South St. Elizabeth and then for North East Clarendon. Sir Donald acted as 'give-away' father to Gladys Longbridge when she married then Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante.

He has the unfortunate distinction of being the shortest-serving Prime Minister of Jamaica to date.

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May 07, 2017
Hampton School
by: Patricia Wightman

I also Knew Sir Donald Sangster because his mother had a guest house in Malvern where I went to School at Hampton School, the sister school of Munro where Sangster went to school before we arrived.

He was a great man and the Sangsters helped our family as these were hard times for us far from home. We had a home in Malvern later on called Mount Ida.

Oct 25, 2010
Sir donald Sangster
by: Anonymous

Why is he not part of Jamaican school history.
I have information that he was married and has several children. Is that true. Who are they? Why is it so quite about his background.

Oct 21, 2010
I knew Sir Donald
by: Rose P.Evelyn-Hall

I lived in Chapelton when Sir Donald
Sangster died. I viewed his body at St. Paul's
Anglican Church. When in Chapelton Sir Donald
lived near to Cross Roads, less than half mile from my home.

Oct 09, 2010
by: Shirley

Sir Donald Sangster was one of. the loviest, most honest, caring, humble, decent dignitaries that I have ever known.

When I was 15yrs I had the opportunity to hang out with him, councilor H E Douglas, and my other darling,Hon T N Golding MHR. We spent the day at a fair at Bellas Gate. It was the most wonderful day. We laughed, we joked, we ate. I will never forget that day.

I remember just like it was yesterday. I was in my bed room and the special announcement came over the radio.

"The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Donald Sangster is dead". That rang through my heart like a sword. I did attend his funeral.

It is a shame to see he was such a great man, and he is not a part of the Jamaican school history.

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