Former Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 91, will be accorded a state funeral.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced in Parliament today that since the October 11 passing of Sir Clifford, the island’s longest serving head of state, discussions had taken place between Cabinet Office and Sir Clifford’s relatives “with a view to the planning of a state funeral”.
Stuart said this was in accordance with the traditions for heads of state and heads of government.
“I can inform the House that the state funeral for the late Sir Clifford Husbands will be on Friday, November 3, at ten o’clock in the morning at the St Lucy Parish Church,” Stuart revealed.
“In the fullness of time, of course, this honourable House will be given a chance to reflect on his life and over the next few days decisions will be taken as to where condolence books will be placed and, of course, other issues in relation to the planning of the state funeral,” he added.
Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has been designated minister responsible for planning the funeral.
“So over the next few days the country will be made aware of all of the more particular arrangements relevant to the state funeral of the late Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands,” Stuart told the House before a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Sir Clifford.
Born on August 5, 1926, Sir Clifford served as a Director of Public Prosecutions, a Justice of Appeal and a Supreme Court Judge. He also acted as Chief Justice before serving as this island’s sixth Governor General from 1996 until his retirement at the end of October 2011.