CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. June 2, 2009: A Jamaican politician who served in parliament for nine years has passed away at age 75.
Astil Sangster, former Member of Parliament for North Eastern Westmoreland and former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, who served as MP from 1980 to 1989 and as Parliamentary Secretary during that period, died on Friday in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Monday expressed regret at the passing of Sangster, saying he had made significant contribution to the growth and development of the sugar industry.
Sangster served as vice chairman of the Jamaica Cane Farmers Association and vice president of Caribbean Cane Farmers Association.
He was a member of the Sangster family of politicians and was one of three relatives elected both in 1980 and 1983. The others were Kingsley Sangster for South-east St. Catherine and Derrick Sangster for South-west St. Elizabeth. Another member of the family, Sir Donald Sangster, was a former Prime Minister.