Architect of National Flag and Coat-of-Arms for Grenada Honored guest @ 40th Independence Celebration and Scholarship Gala on February 8, 2014.
Anthony C. George was born in Carriacou, sister island in the tri-island-state of Grenada, on January 7, 1938. He is the second of five children: four boys and one girl. He is married with five children and five grandchildren. He attended his aunt’s private school up to the age of ten; then he moved with his parents to mainland Grenada in 1948 to continue his education at the St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic school.
In 1959, Anthony migrated to England in pursuit of higher education. After his graduation in fine and commercial arts education, he returned to Grenada in 1969. He taught at St. Joseph’s Convent as well as Paraclete Government School in the parish of St. Andrew and other schools in St. George’s.
In 1990, he served Grenada in Tourism at the London Tourist Office. He then went back to Grenada in 1992, where he served as executive manager with the Ministry of Works; on the Eastern Main Road Project, funded by the European Union.
In Grenada, he dedicated his time to serving the community through various charitable organizations; including The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and The Rotary Club. He also served on every committee of The St. Andrew’s Development Organization. In September 1973, he was assigned to the Independence Secretariat to serve on four committees in preparation for the forthcoming Independence of Grenada in 1974.
He entered the national competition to design a National Flag and Coat-of-Arms. He won the contest.
In December, 2006, Her Majesty, the Queen awarded the insignia of the British Empire Medal to him for his designs of the Flag and the Motto. Mr. George is listed in Her Majesty’s New Year Honors List of 2007.
To mark his achievement of designing Grenada’s prestigious emblem Mr. George was given a place of honour in his nation’s history in 2009 with the depiction of his portrait with the national flag on postage stamps by the Grenada government and the Grenada Postal Corporation.
In April 2009, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II invited Mr. Anthony George to Buckingham Palace for a reception to mark the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth of Nations. Mr. George took the occasion to present Her Majesty with a gift of his stamp, which she was delighted to add to her royal collections of stamps. In addition to these honors, Mr. George is patiently awaiting the proposed naming of a section of the Eastern Main Road near his home in Grenada in his honor.