SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, – Tobago Saturday bade a final farewell to Arthur NR Robinson, one of its most prominent sons, who died last month after a prolonged illness at the age of 87.
Robinson, the third prime minister and head of state of the oil-rich twin-island republic, was laid to rest at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery following the Thanksgiving Service at the Scarborough Methodist Church.
The interment ended a five-day state funeral that included ecumenical services in both islands.
His body in the flag-draped coffin had been flown back to Tobago on Thursday affording Tobagonians an opportunity to pay their final respects to a man who had championed the cause for self internal rule.
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Orville London said his death had re-ignited the debate for internal self government in Tobago.
“I think that his greatest unfulfilled vision that unfulfilled vision should in fact be achieved in the shortest possible time,” London said.
Former THA chief secretary Hochoy Charles said while the country has lost one of its greatest sons, Robinson will not rest in peace until Tobago achieves internal self-government.
“I know Mr Robinson, he died a very sad man, because one of the greatest tributes that could be paid to him is justice and freedom to its native people of Tobago,” Charles said.
Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley, himself a native of Tobago, said Robinson was an example of morality in public affairs.