ROSEAU – Former President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the late Dr Nicholas Liverpool will be laid to rest in Grand Bay after a state funeral on Friday.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Tuesday evening.
On Thursday the body of the late former President will lie in state at the State House in Roseau.
“On Thursday from 8:30 in the morning the body shall lie in state at the conference facility of the State House where His Excellency the President, Mr Charles Savarin and Mrs Savarin, and Government officials and other public functionaries and private citizens will have the opportunity to pay their last respects to President Liverpool,” Skerrit said. “That will go up until 1:30 in the afternoon and on Friday the 19th of June from 3:00 pm the state funeral for Dr Liverpool shall commence at the Grand Bay Roman Catholic Church and internment at the Grand Bay Roman Catholic Cemetery.”
He stated that all arrangements are in place for the former President’s funeral and burial.
“The Government’s team has been in direct consultation with Mrs Liverpool and her family, because whenever there is an official or state funeral, we recognize that there is a private aspect of it and the government’s position is that we must always ensure that the family’s wishes are respected,” he said. “Notwithstanding the fact it is a state function because essentially the state is responsible for the burial of our former President.”
The Prime Minister, who was expected to travel to Grenada for the OECS Heads of Government meeting to officially hand over chairmanship to the Prime Minister of Grenada, revealed that it’s absolutely necessary that he remains in Dominica for the funeral.
“I felt it was absolutely important that I remain in the country during the last days of His Excellency’s physical presence with us leading up to his burial,” he noted.
Dr Liverpool passed away in Miami on June 1.