Aubrey Bishop Dies At 81

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Kaieteur News
Kaieteur Staff

Former Chancellor of the Judiciary Aubrey Fitz Ronald Bishop O.R., C.C.H., B.Sc, L.L.M. died last night at 19:00hrs in hospital, where he had been a patient for the past three weeks. He was 81.

Born in September 1931 in Georgetown, Mr. Bishop had a distinguished and exemplary career. He was educated at Queen’s College. He was called to the English Bar in July 1963 and later enjoyed great success at both the Civil and Criminal Bars in Guyana. He was elevated to the High Court in 1976; to the Court of Appeal in 1987; became Chief Justice in 1992; and Chancellor and Head of the Judiciary in 1996.

Justice Bishop was also a Member of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission. Immediately upon demitting office, Professor Bishop assumed a full-time Professorship of Law at the University of Guyana and was Head of Department.

Professor Bishop, also held a B.Sc. Degree in Industrial Relations and Management, as well as a LL.M. degree.

Mr. Bishop was Vice President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas; and a FIFA International Soccer Referee. He has also represented Guyana at cricket and football.

Professor Bishop was Chairman of the Competitions Committee of the Guyana Cricket Board and a former President of the Guyana Football Association.

He started out his football career representing the Red Hammers F.C as a left winger and also represented Queen’s College and the BGCC. He played for Guyana against the British Fleet Air XI (England Army) in 1955.

In 1964, he took over the Presidency of the then Guyana Football Association (GFA) from Campbell Adams after serving as Vice President.

One of the most respected referees in his time he achieved FIFA status, becoming the second person after Mr. Deryck Whitehead. Professor Bishop also played hockey and table tennis.

Professor Bishop was a Hockey Referee and was approached to referee Rugby but declined. He was also the first Secretary of the Veterans Football Association which was formed in the late 1960s.

He was President of the Guyana Football Referees Association and also functioned as Secretary of the Guyana Olympic Association under the Presidency of Justice P. A. Cummings for a number of years.

On the recommendation of the Guyana Football Federation, Professor Bishop was accepted to serve a two-year term as one of the Arbiters on the Court of Arbitration in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland.

Professor Bishop was twice honoured nationally, with the Cacique’s Crown of Honour, and the Order of Roraima, Guyana’s third and second highest awards, respectively, being bestowed on him.

Professor Bishop leaves to mourn his wife of 48 years, Dr. Carole Maison-Bishop and three children, Roderick, who is a Minister of Religion in the United States; Howard, who works in the Social Services in New York and Beverley, an attorney at law.