Public viewing of Robinsonís body from April 29
Sunday, April 20 2014
Dignitaries, government officials and average citizens will get the opportunity to pay their final respects to former President and Prime Minister Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson at a public viewing at the International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, beginning April 29.
A statement issued yesterday from the Information Division, Ministry of Trade, said Robinsonís body will lie in State in a flag-draped, unopened casket, between the hours of 10 am to 5:45pm on April 29 as well as from 6am to 5:45pm on Wednesday, April 30. A condolence book will be available for signing on the days of public viewing.
Robinson, 87, Trinidad and Tobagoís third President, died at the St Clair Medical Centre on April 9.
He is survived by a daughter, Ann-Margaret, and son, David.
The statement said a State ecumenical service will be held in Robinsonís honour at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on May 1 at 9.30 am.
Following the service, Robinsonís body will then lie in State in the eastern lobby of NAPA until 3 pm.
The service will be preceded by the procession of a military cortege on the morning of May 1, with full honours, from the Clark and Battoo Funeral Home to NAPA.
Upon completion of the ecumenical service, Robinsonís body will be escorted to the Ulric Cross Air Base by coach, with full military honours.
After its arrival at the ANR Robinson International Airport, the body will be transported by coach, with full military honours, to the Union Funeral Home, Tobago.
In Tobago, members of the public will pay their finals respects on May 2.
Robinsonís body will lie in State at the Legislative Chamber of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Scarborough, between 6 am and 5.45pm.
A condolence book will also be available for signing on the day of the public viewing. On the afternoon of May 3, a procession of a military cortege with full military honours will follow a thanksgiving service for Robinsonís life and legacy at the Scarborough Methodist Church, the release said.
A State ecumenical service for the former President will be held at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Scarborough, earlier that day.
Robinsonís final committal and interment will be conducted at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery, with full military honours following the Thanksgiving Service at the Scarborough Methodist Church.
Official condolence books remain available to persons at the following locations until May 2, between 8 am and 4 pm.
The Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
The Legislative Chamber of the Tobago House of Assembly
The Roxborough District Inland Revenue Office
All of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobagoís Overseas Diplomatic Missions and The City and Borough Corporations of:
An official condolence book will also be opened at Victory Cottage, Tobago on Wednesday, April 23, the statement said.