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I'd just gone online this afternoon, when a mutual friend contacted me via Skype to let me know that the Caribbean historian Glen Richards had died.

I'd known Glen since we were students together at UWI Mona in the 1970s. We were exact contemporaries, and both resided at Irvine Hall. Glen was a Leeward Islander, with roots in both Antigua and St Kitts. He was a slim, energetic fellow. You would not have known at first sight that he lived with a condition that caused him horrible suffering all his life.  Glen suffered from sickle-cell anaemia, one of the least pleasant consequences of evolution. It is too simple to say that he bore his suffering with grace, but he did.

He loved life, and learning. He loved Japanese art. He had a wicked sense of humour. He did so much to develop a real understanding of the depth and breadth of the history of the English-speaking Caribbean in the twentieth century, in particular the history of the working class and labour. Now he's gone.

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