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Windsor Burke was born in 1927 in Panama, near the Costa Rican border, to a mother of Jamaican descent. From the time he was seven months old, Windsor was raised by his aunt. He began school in Spanish, but soon switched to a private West Indian school. He then took correspondence courses in accounting and worked with the Army. Windsor has had several businesses over the years and, for a time, even worked in Colón on the canal. He has been married twice; his first wife was of West Indian descent, while his second wife is Latina. He has one son with his first wife, who now lives in the United States and is an American citizen, and four more children with his current spouse. Windsor is very proud of his West Indian heritage, which he considers an honor. He believes that West Indians live up to certain standards and are known for an elevated style, respect and distinction, and correct language.