“They Call Me Teacher”:

Biography of Sir Howard Cooke


Biography of Sir Howard Cooke

Former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke is flanked by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) and former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall at his 96th birthday celebrations at King’s House in November 2011. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

“They Call me Teacher” is the aptly titled biography of the Most Honourable Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD, Jamaica’s fourth, native-born Governor General.
While most Jamaican’s will remember Sir Howard as being the Queen’s representative, Sir Howard was, at his core, an educator.

Sir Howard was born in Goodwill, St. James, on November 13, 1915 to David Brown Cooke and Mary Jane Minto. He was educated at elementary and private schools, Mico College and London University.


For 23 years he served as a teacher, starting at Mico College and Practising School. He later served as headmaster at Belle Castle All-Age School, Port Antonio Upper School and Montego Bay Boys’ School, having a personal love for bringing education to children in rural areas.

He was also a member and former president of the Jamaica Union of Teachers.

During the course of his career, he served in the insurance industry in the following positions: Senior Inspector and Branch Manager, Standard Life Insurance Company; Unit Manager, Jamaica Mutual Life; Branch Manager; American Life Insurance Company (ALICO).

Political Life

Sir Howard Cooke entered politics in 1938 as one of the founding members of the People’s National Party. He has been chairman and also a member of the Executive and National Executive of the Party.

In 1958 he was elected to the West Indies Federal Parliament, as the representative of St. James.

He entered the Jamaican Parliament in 1962 and served as Senator until 1967. He served as a member of the House of Representatives between 1967 and 1980, and was a Minister of Government between 1972 and 1980. As Minister, he held, at different times, the portfolios of:

  • Pension and Social Security
  • Education
  • Labour and Public Service

He was president of the Senate from 1989 to 1991 and served on the Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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Mr. Copeland Forbes and Consul General Herman G. LaMont being interviewed by Howell Allen and his TV show “The Music Shack”, during the Groovin In The Park, Press event held at the Consulate General of Jamaica on April 1, 2014.

Charities Must Register to Benefit from 

Tax Exemptions

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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