Dame Hilda Bynoe, the first native-born governor of Grenada, passed away yesterday morning in Trinidad, after ailing since December. She was 91. Bynoe was the first woman governor in the British Commonwealth and the first native governor of Grenada. Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has lauded her accomplishments, calling her a “patriotic Grenadian.”
Mitchell took time out from a Cabinet meeting yesterday to speak with the Sunday Guardian and to send his condolences to the Bynoe family, thanking them for the time he said they loaned her to Grenada and the wider Caribbean in service. “Grenada considers the passing of Dame (Hilda) Bynoe as a great loss, not just to Grenada but to the Caribbean as a whole.” He said her love for the citizens of Grenada spoke to the “quality of person” she was.
“She came from a rural place and maintained her love for the people.” He said he also admired that she managed to maintain her independence, saying although she was appointed governor by the Queen, there were instances when she had to remove herself from and stand independent of the very people who appointed her, in preservation of the office.
“Over the years we have been in constant communication and she would have hosted me on occasions that I visited Trinidad. Hers is a difficult loss for Grenada and also for the wider Caribbean.” Mitchell said his government was in the middle of budget preparations, but if it was at all possible he would attend the funeral.Her son Roland Bynoe described her as a “Caribbean woman.”