He was educated at Mizpah School in Jamaica, and Handsworth Technical College where he attained a qualification in Mechanical Engineering. He married Minetta Smith in 1957 (who died in 1990), they have two sons. His current partner is Eileen Ware.
He is a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and England and Wales Cricket Board. His was honoured with an OJ (Order of Jamaica) in 2002 and a KBE (Commander of the Order) of the British Empire in 2003.
He is a chancellor for the University of Technology, Jamaica and Staffordshire University, England.