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Smart laid to rest

By MIRANDA LA ROSE Tuesday, December 10 2013

INDIVIDUALS need to focus on building the moral fibre of families and building communities by being committed and reaching out to others as former Chief State Solicitor Isidore Smart did.

4 Smart, 96, died last Monday at his home in Morne Coco Road.

RC Priest Fr Thomas Lawson, chief celebrant at Smart’s funeral service held yesterday at St Finbar’s Roman Catholic Church in Morne Coco Road called on the congregation to follow Smart’s lead and help as he did.

“We cannot solve all of societal issues, but we here, can do more,” he said. Present were President Anthony Carmona and Chief Justice Ivor Archie. Smart, a recipient of the Medal of Merit (Gold) for public service, became a member of Gittens, Smart & Co, which comprised his sons Wayne and Anthony and real estate developer and solicitor Lionel Gittens. He practised law until age 90.

Fr Lawson said his friendship with Smart went back 30 years and both men met through then President Sir Ellis Clarke (now deceased). Clarke took Fr Lawson to meet his friend Smart, in Simeon Road, Diego Martin. He lived at the time next to Sparrow’s Hideaway, Fr Lawson said. Being a father of 12, Lawson said the ambience at Smart’s home was “ always laugher. It was family.”

Smart had his priorities right, Fr Lawson said. “He was a man of God. He believeda in marriage and procreation. He believed that you must raise your children to the best of your ability with all spiritual values and practices.” Noting that Smart worked hard for his family, community and church, Fr Lawson said, “That is what family life is all about.” Violence against children, violence against the citizenry on the whole, he said can be attributed to people losing hope because of unemployment among other issues.

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