Sunday 17 February, 2019

"He lived life to the Max”; nation bids farewell to former President

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley described former president, Professor George Maxwell Richards, as a ‘man of hope’ and a man of mettle who made difficult situations look easy.

Speaking at the state funeral held in Richards’ honour at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) on Wednesday, Dr Rowley urged citizens to follow the example set by Professor Richards and to stay positive.

Being the man that he was and the mettle that he carried, he made difficult situations and things look easy. He was a living testimony of accomplishment through aspiration. He refused to accept failure.”

As we mourn his passing, we as a people should emulate (him) and refuse to accept failure,” he said.

Dr Rowley also noted Professor Richards’ love of local culture, especially Carnival.

Other ministers including Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Finance Minister Colm Imbert, St Augustine MP Prakash Ramadhar and Michael “Big Mike” Antoine of Legends Carnival band, who all spoke of Professor Richards' greatness and humility.

See video footage from the event below:


Other speakers at the funeral included Acting President and President of the Senate Christine Kangaloo, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, University of the West Indies, Archbishop Barbara Burke, President of the Inter-Religious Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago, and Professor Kenneth Julien, TC, Chairman of the Board of Governors.

Following the ceremony, a 21-gun salute was held in his honour at the Belgroves Funeral Home at Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua. 

Richards was cremated, following a private service at the funeral home. 

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