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Governor-General of Jamaica

Howard Cooke, former governor-general of Jamaica. Certified teaching Mico College. Decorated Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, Queen of England, 1991, Knight St. John's Ambulance (St. John's Ambulance), 1993, Knight Grand Cross of Royal Victorian Order, 1994. Former chairman People's National Party; senior elder, lay pastor United Church Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Member Masons.


Cooke, Howard was born on November 13, 1915 in Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica. Son of David Brown Cooke and Mary Jane Minto.


DEd (honorary), We. Carolona University, 2003. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University West Indies, 2003.


Teacher Mico Training College, 1936-1938. Headmaster Belle Castle All Age School, Port Antonio Upper School, Montego Bay Boys' School, 1952-1958. Branch manager Standard Life Insurance Company, 1960-1971.

Member West Indies Federal Parliament, 1958-1962. Unit manager Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society, 1971-1981. Branch manager Alico Jamica, 1982-1991.

Minister of government Jamaica, Kingston, 1972-1980, president of senate, 1989-1991, governor general Kingston, 1991—2006.


  • Certified teaching Mico College.


Former chairman People's National Party. Senior elder, lay pastor United Church Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Member Masons.


  • Other Interests

    Football, cricket, gardening, reading.


Married Ivy Sylvia Lucille Tai, July 22, 1939. Children: Howard Fitz-Arthur, Richard Washington McDermott, Audrey Faith.

David Brown Cooke

Mary Jane Minto

Ivy Sylvia Lucille Tai

Howard Fitz-Arthur Cooke

Richard Washington McDermott Cooke

Audrey Faith Cooke