Family of the late Clare Henry remembers her as a firm, fair and accomplished jurist and a dedicated member of her faith

Following the passing of Her Ladyship, the Honorable Justice Clare
Henry, her family has shared information about her life, describing
her as a firm, fair judge.

News went into circulation last weekend that Justice Henry, who
once served as a chief magistrate here, had died peacefully on June
8, in Rockville, Maryland, after a brief period of illness.

Justice Henry, her family says, served the legal fraternity for over 40
years, in a career that began in the United States, and then moved to
the benches in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada. 
Henry, a former Justice in the Court of Appeal, graduated from New
York Law School and served as a law assistant and senior law
assistant in the New York City Civil Court and the New York State
Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

From1986 to 1989, she served as Crown Counsel in the Attorney-
General’s Chambers here, and between 1989 and 1994 she was
engaged in private practice. In 1994, she became a magistrate and
assumed the position of chief magistrate in 2000. 

Justice Henry was appointed a High Court Judge for the Eastern
Caribbean Supreme Court in 2004, and in this capacity she presided
in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada.
During her tenure, the remembrance says, Justice Henry
demonstrated respect for those presenting before her and took
great care in rendering her judgments.

She was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including
her induction into the New York Law School Hall of Judges in 2016.
According to Justice Henry’s family, she was also a dedicated
member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; and in each territory
she served, she participated fully in the life of the church as an elder,
board member and prayer warrior.

They say she is remembered by her family, colleagues, and friends
as a woman of deep faith, quiet humour, and pleasant demeanour
who had an ear ready to listen.