Pierre Charles (June 30,
1954 – January 6, 2004) was Prime
Minister of Dominica from 2000 to
2004 as well as Member of
Parliament for Grand Bay,
Dominica from 1985 until his death.
He was born in
in Saint Patrick
began his high school education at the Dominica Grammar School
completed it at the St.
before pursuing studies at the local teachers
college. He served as a teacher and community organizer before
entering elective office.
He became ill in February 2003, and had angioplasty
surgery. Concerns about his health
led to calls for him to step down. However, he continued to serve
as prime minister until his death, which occurred during a medical
leave of absence. Osborne Riviere
acted as Prime Minister
in Charles' stead. However, upon return from his medical leave of
absence, Charles succumbed to a heart attack while being driven
home from a Cabinet
Pierre Charles is an Honorary Member of The International
Raoul Wallenberg Foundation