Following an hour-long funeral service at the St Lucy’s Parish Church next Friday, the mortal remains of late Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands will be buried in a grave next to his wife, Lady Ruby Husbands, in the cemetery of the rural church.
This was one of the disclosures made today by the funeral coordinator, Government Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, following the October 11 passage of the 91-year-old former head of state, who served for 15 years in the post from 1996 until October 31, 2011.
Since then Government has announced that Sir Clifford, who was predeceased by his wife in 2009, will be accorded a state funeral.
Today details were given on the burial arrangements.
During a press conference in the Cabinet Office at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael, it was revealed that the funeral procession will leave Lyndhurst Funeral Home, Passage Road, St Michael at 7:45 a.m. on November 3, accompanied by outriders from the Royal Barbados Police Force and members of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).
The cortege is expected to arrive at the church by 8:30 a.m. where members of the BDF will serve as pallbearers during the funeral service, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:10 a.m.
Heading the list of official dignitaries will be Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson.
Governor General of St Vincent and the Genadines Sir Frederick Ballantyne is also down to attend the service, which will be conducted by Canon Seibert Small and is expected to follow the Anglican tradition. The eulogy will be delivered by Queen’s Counsel Brian Clarke and a tribute will be paid in song by soprano Amanda Fields, who will be accompanied by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.
Sir Clifford, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, judge of the High Court and justice of appeal, is survived by his children, Laura, Sandra and Anthony, as well as members of his extended family.
Today, Byer-Suckoo appealed to members of the public to respect the family’s wishes for a state funeral that is “a stately and dignified affair”.
“So we would be asking the public not to be intrusive as they gather and take their photographs. I know sometimes people can get carried away with their cellular phones. I have seen it at other funerals. Although we recognize that he was respected by the people, we would want that we appreciate the wishes of the family,” the funeral coordinator said.
During the period of official mourning, which runs from November 1 to November 3, a condolence book will be opened at the Supreme Court on White Park Road, St Michael. Condolence books will also be placed at his alma mater Harrison College and at the St Lucy Parish Church.
A dress rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, October 29 at 10 a.m. at the church.