The Federation’s first Governor General, Sir Clement Arrindell GCMG GCVO QC, will be buried with full military honors on Thursday, April 7 after passing away March 25 at the age of 79.
Following consultation with the family, Prime Minister The Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas on Thursday announced the details of the State funeral which will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, Seaton Street, Basseterre. Sir Clement’s body will Lie in State at Government House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that date.
The Prime Minister ordered that flags throughout St. Kitts and Nevis be flown at half staff on the day of the funeral. All members of Parliament stood and observed a minute of silence in honor of the fallen dignitary during Thursday’s convening of the National Assembly. A minute of silence was also observed for the passing of the former Administrator and Governor, Sir Fred Phillips CVO, QC who died at his home in Antigua on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 at the age of 92.
On Wednesday, April 6, a Book of Condolence for Sir Clement will be opened at Government House and will remain open through April 7 on the ground floor of Government Headquarters during opening hours.
Sir Clement was appointed Governor General of the Federation on Sept. 19, 1983 when St. Kitts-Nevis gained its independence from Britain. After receiving his knighthood that same year. he served as Governor General until his retirement in 1995.
Sir Clement served as a barrister and a magistrate in St. Kitts, Nevis and in the British Virgin Islands. He also served as a puisne judge of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court.
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