Former Grenada High Commissioner to London, Joseph Charter has died at his home in “Africa” in the Mardi Gras area of St. George’s in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Charter had been ailing for sometime with prostrate cancer that apparently spread to other parts of his body.
The late Grenada diplomat returned home less than three weeks ago from England where he was receiving treatment for his ailment.
Speculation is rife that Charter decided to return to his homeland to die peacefully.
A few days before his death, the former High Commissioner received a visit from Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
A close family member told this newspaper that the Prime Minister was “visibly moved” and ‘shocked” to see Charter lying almost motionless in bed.
He said the ex-envoy seemingly knew that the Prime Minister was in the room with him but was unable to communicate anything to the Grenadian leader.
Charter first gained national prominence during the 1979-83 ill-fated Grenada Revolution when he was sent to Libya to serve as the island’s resident ambassador to Tripoli.
After the collapse of the revolution, he returned home to engage in private business as a gas station operator and entered frontline politics with the Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM).
In later years, Charter and ex-MBPM member, Major Einstein Louison got involved with Dr. Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) and held several positions in the government.
Charter is also a former civil servant and reached the rank of Permanent Secretary.