Howard Cooke

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His Excellency The Most Honourable
Sir Howard Cooke
Governor-General of Jamaica
In office
1 August 1991 – 15 February 2006
Preceded by Edward Zacca (acting)
Succeeded by Sir Kenneth Hall
Personal details
Born Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke
(1915-11-13)13 November 1915
Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica
Died 11 July 2014(2014-07-11) (aged 98)
Kingston, Jamaica
Spouse(s) Ivy Sylvia Lucille Tai
Alma mater University of London
Occupation Former educator, Politician and Governor General

Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke ON GCMG GCVO CD KStJ (13 November 1915 – 11 July 2014) was the Governor-General of Jamaica from 1 August 1991[1] until 15 February 2006 when he became the first governor-general to invest his own successor, Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall.

In his early life he was a teacher, becoming president of the Jamaica Union of Teachers. He also worked in the insurance industry. He became a member of the parliament of the West Indies Federation in 1958, and then the independent Jamaican parliament as a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives after 1962. He was a minister in the government of Michael Manley during the 1970s and President of the Senate from 1989 to 1991. Cooke died at the age of 98 on 11 July 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica.[2]


  1. ^ "The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke". Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Former GG Howard Cooke is dead". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
Preceded by
Edward Zacca
Governor-General of Jamaica
1991 – 2006
Succeeded by
Kenneth Hall