The late former President, George Maxwell Richards, will be accorded a State funeral.
That funeral will take place on January 17. But details of the final rites have not been revealed. But his widow, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards wants a venue where members of the public will be able to attend.
The funeral services for the two Presidents – Sir Ellis Clarke and Arthur NR Robinson – was held at NAPA, Port-of-Spain. Clarke was interred at the Lapeyrouse Cemetery, while Robinson was buried in Tobago.
Would Richards’ funeral service be held at NAPA? Or would the Government chose a bigger venue like the Hasely Crawford Stadium?
Organizing a State funeral would involve several agencies of the State – the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, the Ministry of National Security, and the Office of the Prime Minister. A committee has been formed headed by Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon, to organize the State funeral. That committee meets on Wednesday.
Several foreigners will be coming for the funeral service.
Richards, 86, died on Monday at 7.43 pm at the West Shore Medical Facility, Cocorite. He had been taken there earlier in the day after complaining of feeling unwell. Richards died of a heart attack.
He served as President during the period 2003-2013.
KAMLA: I AM SADDENED
Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar issued the following release on the passing of the former President:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this country’s fourth President, Professor George Maxwell Richards, TC, CM.
I remember him as honourable, patriotic and noble, and he served Trinidad and Tobago with distinction in his role as Head of State. During my term as Prime Minister, I valued his sound advice, and I recall his wit and wisdom during our consultations, and although we may have had differing views at times, he was always willing to listen.
Trinidad and Tobago has lost a statesman and a true son of the soil.
Professor Richards has left a legacy of excellence and service to his country, both in academia and during his term as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
On behalf of the United National Congress and on my own behalf, I extend ourdeepest condolences to Professor Richards’ family, and we join the national community in mourning the loss of this notable and exemplary individual.
It is my hope that Professor George Maxwell Richards’ life will serve to inspire our young people to aspire to greatness. Let us remember and honour his contributions to our country.”
GEORGE MAX WELL RICHARDS