Raymond Anthony Smith was born on 16th October 1930 in St. George’s, Grenada, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sydney H. Smith. He grew up in St. Paul’s at his parents’ home “Ashford”. A long and distinguished education journey began for him at the St. George’s Intermediate School under headmaster John F. Nurse. Smith’s next stop, educationally was at the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS). His school principals there were Mr. G.C. Grant, Dr. Wilfred Rankin and Mr. Rawle Jordon.
Four years of work (1947 – 1951) were just a brief hiatus for the eager student. During that time, he worked at the Public Health Engineering Unit. In 1951 Smith migrated to Canada to purse studies in his chosen field of broadcast engineering.
An impressive list of educational and employment accomplishments followed in Canada. In the 1950’s, he studied at the Radio College of Toronto Canada. His studies and training also took him to the then Sir George Williams University, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
His participation in the establishment of broadcasting services in the CARICOM islands was significant. Eighteen years service at the Windward Island Broadcasting Services (WIBS) as its Chief Engineer followed his return from Canada in 1954.At WIBS, Smith was also Acting Manager/Programme Director in the 1960’s.
1970: One of the Founder of Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and its; first president.
1972: Participant in the founding of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA).
1980: Consultant Broadcasting Engineer Caribbean wide and UNESCO.
• Advisor on regulatory matters Eastern Caribbean.
• Leader Government Negotiating Team in joint venture company with GENLEC and Cable and Wireless.
• Satellite Planning for the Caribbean and Western Hemisphere – Communication.
1984: Cabinet Minister, Health Advisory Council (Interim Government) after the collapse of the People’s Revolutionary Government. Mr. Smith also served on the Board of Directors for several major companies eg. Jones Browne and Hubbard, in Sailing and Yachting, Tennis and Professional Bodies. He is a founding member and Director of the Willie Redhead Foundation, and a member of the Grenada Foundation for the prevention of blindness, among others.
He is married to Angela Smith (Nee Phillips), former Resident Counsellor Representative to Sweden here in Grenada. He is the father of Kenneth and Philip in Canada and Grandfather of three.
Raymond Anthony Smith has been honoured by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. The citation in respect of Mr. Smith, gives order for appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (OBE) to be an officer of the Civil Division for Outstanding Service.
P.S – Mr. Smith is now an Honorary Member of the Foundation.