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Former United National Congress (UNC) Senator Surendranath Capildeo has died.

His cremation takes place on Friday morning at the Caroni Cremation Site.

Capildeo, 76, came from a long and illustrious line of politicians and attorneys. His uncle, Dr Rudranath Capildeo, was leader of the Democratic Labour Party which was the Opposition party when the country gained independence in 1962.

His father was Simbhoonath Capildeo, a prominent politician and lawyer.

In 2012, as he received a posthumous award on behalf of his uncle, Capildeo said his uncle’s major contribution was the hold the country together, “because if he had decided to run with the pack, we would not have had a country.”

“This country,” he said, “would have been racially divided forever but he (Rudranath) crossed that barrier with Eric Williams at Marlborough House.”

Capildeo, an attorney, was made a Senior Counsel under the People’s Partnership government.

Capildeo was the cousin of Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul. His ancestral home is the Lion House on the Chaguanas Main Road.

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