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President Richards’ state funeral

Members of the Defence Force carry the coffin bearing the remains of the former President to the hearse. Photos: Gerard-Paul Wanliss

It was a solemn and emotional send off for the late George Maxwell Richards, Trinidad and Tobago’s fourth President at the state funeral held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain last Wednesday. Richards passed away suddenly on January 8.

Bishop Claude Berkley presided at the funeral, with Rev Shelly-Ann Tenia, Dean and Rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral assisting.  Archbishop Jason Gordon and representatives of other faiths were in attendance.  Ag President of the Senate Christine Kangaloo, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Chief Justice Ivor Archie were also among the gathering paying their last respects.  Tributes were given by Archbishop Barbara Burke, president of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Professor Brian Copeland, pro-vice-chancellor and campus principal, University of the West Indies, Rowley and Kangaloo.

Richards was also remembered in eulogies from Professor Emeritus Ken Julien, and children Maxine and Dr Mark Richards. Bishop Berkley gave the sermon.