Former president to be cremated
While details are still being finalised on the State funeral to be held for the country’s fourth president, Professor George Maxwell Richards, his family has indicated that he will be cremated in San Fernando, after which, his ashes will be scattered.
Richards is afforded a State funeral as a former president.
Government says the family requested this be done following his funeral, which is set for 10 am next Wednesday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts.
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young says Government is working to ensure that it is “fully supportive” of the family of the former president.
The body of the former President will lay in state at the Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday, January 15.
On Tuesday, January 16, the body will be transported through the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus from 8:45 am, en route to National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) where it will lay in state from 10 am to 6 pm.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, January 17, at NAPA from 10 am. The funeral is expected to be attended by the heads of state of other CARICOM territories.
Invitations have gone out and the Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and the National Security Ministry which have taken the lead on the funeral arrangements, await responses.
Young said once all arrangements are finalised a final announcement will be made by the relevant agencies.