Lord Glenconner, known to his friends as Collin Tenant, died on 27th of August 2010. He was 83.
Called by many The Father of Caribbean Tourism, he lived a very colorful life. From the purchase, creation of its fame and then – sale of the exclusive Mustique island, to forming the amazing Jalousie Plantation (now known as Sugar Beach) in St Lucia – his whole life is worthy a movie script. He had vivid plans for the future, already creating his next fine projects.
There is lots of official information about him on Internet, specially in British papers, now after he passed away. Therefore we just would like to add a few personal comments.
We met Lord Glenconner in March 2010 in his blue temple-like home in St Lucia.
As for the last 25 years he was working on his dream projects in close collaboration with a brilliant Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew (who is the subject of our next, upcoming book), Lord Glenconner offered Margaret an interview, which was really extensive, lasting for two days.
He also dictated Preface for our book, commenting on beginnings of Caribbean tourism and working with Lane. During this interview I was allowed to photograph him and his rooms, and we believe that both this interview and photographs are his last he agreed to.
We were just planning to meet him again in couple of weeks time for more talk, when we learned of his death. Despite many controversial opinions, he presented himself to us as a witty, very sharp person, and a real gentleman with impeccable manners. We are honoured to include his Preface in our next book “The Caribbean Architect”, to know him personally, and we believe that with his death St Lucia and the whole Caribbean region lost a living legend, a colorful and remarkable personality on a grand scale, and a determined activist trying to make the Caribbean islands a known and treasured destination on the map of the World.
Photos: Lord Glenconner in his home in St. Lucia during interview with Margaret Gajek (art historian, researcher, writer), and Lord Glenconner with Lane Pettigrew (acclaimed Caribbean architect).
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