Former Grenada MP Dead At 71

A former Grenadian Parliamentarian passed away quietly at a Miami Hospital on the weekend.

Waple Nedd, 71, a former Parliamentarian from 1972-76 under the late Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy, died with her family at her bedside at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida on Saturday.

During her tenure she was responsible for the establishment of women organizations, parenting groups and sports clubs in Grenada.

Social Development Minister, Yolande Bain-Horsford paid tribute to Nedd on Tuesday saying that the nation has lost one of its most outstanding daughters. “Mrs Nedd was one of the early crusaders for women’s rights, their involvement in politics and gender equality, and her efforts are now paying dividends, as women are taking their rightful place in society,” Bain-Horsford said.

Nedd was honored by the Ministry of Social Development in 2007 during its International Women’s Day celebrations as one of the most outstanding women in the nation for her contribution.
As a social worker for Save-the-Children Fund, she was responsible for pioneering nutritional and early childhood education programs in the Caribbean for the most vulnerable in society – children. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Nedd Sr; her three sons Kenneth Nedd Jr; Dr. Kester J. Nedd and Dr. Khan Nedd.

Nedd will be buried in her native Grenada on January 20, following a funeral service at a Recreational ground in her home parish. – Michael Bascombe