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Outdoor screens have been set up
at various venues so that the public
can view today s funeral service for
the late head of state Arthur NR
Robinson at the National Academy
for the Performing Arts (NAPA),
The state ecumenical service begins
at NAPA from 9.30 am and is expected
to last about two hours.
It is one of several aspects of the
funeral which, over the next few days,
will take the late leader throughout
the capital of the country he once
governed and later on, away from it,
back to his Tobago homeground where
he will be laid to rest on Saturday.
For today s service, screens have
been set up at Memorial Park, Wood-
ford Square, the Grand Stand, Queen s
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, and
Harris Promenade, San Fernando.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, President Anthony Carmona
and Integrity Commission chairman
Ken Gordon are expected to speak at
The Cabinet, Opposition members,
local dignitaries, regional and inter-
national leaders, members of the
diplomatic corps and other guests also
A limited number of invitations to
the service were available to members
of the public on a first-come-first-
served basis at NAPA s box office and
the San Fernando City Corporation.
They were limited to one ticket a per-
After the service, the body will lie
in state in the eastern NAPA lobby
until 3 pm.
The body later will be airlifted to
Tobago via military aircraft for the
final two days of funeral events.
Robinson will lie in state there tomor-
Legislative Chamber, where he once
On Saturday, a state ecumenical
service will be held at the Dwight
Yorke Stadium at 9.30 am, followed
by a private thanksgiving service at
the Scarborough Methodist Church.
At 3.30 pm that day, a final pro-
cession, with full military honours,
will take place at the Coast Guard
Base, Shaw Park, and thence to the
Methodist Church Cemetery, Bacolet,
Route to the service:
This morning s service will be pre-
ceded by the procession of a military
cortege with full honours from the
Clark and Battoo Funeral Home to
NAPA along a route to be lined by
members of the protective services,
uniformed youth groups and school-
The route from Clarke and Battoo:
• East along Tragarete Road,
• south along St Vincent Street,
• east on Independence Square,
• north up Abercromby Street,
• east on Knox Street and
• north up Frederick Street to
After the service:
The body will be escorted to the
Ulric Cross Air Station by coach, with
police and outrider escort, at 5.45 pm.
The move from NAPA at 3.30 pm
• South along Frederick Street,
• east along South Quay, onto the
Eastern Main Road onto the Priority
Bus Route near Citrus Growers Asso-
• east along the PBR,
• east along the EMR at Five Rivers
• south along Golden Grove Road,
• east along Churchill-Roosevelt
• south on BWIA Boulevard, into
the Ulric Cross Air Station.
Upon arrival at the ANR Robinson
International Airport, the body will
be transported by coach to the Union
Funeral Home, Tobago.
From the airport, the entourage
• East along Claude Noel Highway
and• north along Rockley Vale Street
and Government House Road to the
Union Funeral Home.
The body will be moved from the
• South along Government House
Road, Rockley Vale Street, Bacolet
west along Main Street and
• north along Jerningham Street to
To access the stadium, the body
will be moved from Union Funeral
• South along Government House
Road and Calder Hall Road and
• east along Claude Noel Highway
into the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
After the service the body will be
moved from the stadium along the
Claude Noel Highway to Scarborough
One man wept bitterly.
Sir Shridath Ramphal bowed
solemnly to the casket. A 91-year-
old woman came all the way from
Tunapuna on her own.
Artistes of all kinds paid tribute
in different ways. And two Arima
PNMItes said they came to pay
their respects yesterday as the late
Arthur NR Robinson had been "so
handsome and used to speak so
All of these people and others ---
young and old --- were among the
hundreds who came to the Parlia-
ment building in Port-of-Spain to
pay their respects to late former
president and prime minister
Robinson who died on April 9 at
87.The closed, flag-draped casket
mounted on a black bier and sur-
rounded by a military guard of hon-
our was on display from 6 am to
5.45 pm yesterday, the second day
of official state funeral.
People from all walks of life ---
both Trinidadians and Tobagonians
--- and political persuasions came
to pay their respects during the
By noon, approximately 700 peo-
ple had filed past the casket in a
This included primary school
students from the Cunaripo Pres-
byterian School and St Joseph s
The flow started from early in
the morning. Many bowed their
heads in brief prayer.
People offered condolences to
Robinson s daughter, Ann Margaret,
who stood a few steps away from
the casket in a receiving line, togeth-
er with Senate President Timothy
Hamel-Smith and Speaker of the
House Wade Mark.
Dressed in a sleeveless black dress
with print border, Robinson also
shook hands and embraced a few,
such as former protocol officer at
President s House, Lenore Dorset.
Dorset served with Robinson
from 1989 to 1991, when he was
Prime Minister, and again between
1997 to 2003 when he was Pres-
ident. Dorset stopped working in
Dorset told reporters she learned
a lot by observing him.
"Perhaps there were some
aspects of him some people may
not have seen. They may have seen
the strict disciplinarian, a very cold
kind of person," she recalled.
"But I saw him as someone who
was willing to listen as long as you
could state your case and be under-
stood... he was prepared to listen
"I was able to work without feel-
ing I had to do whatever he said.
I also thank God that he had the
wisdom to understand."
Dorset added that Robinson
showed great simplicity and humil-
ity, in the setting-up of the West
Indian Commission for example,
that many would not have seen.
"He wasn t as complex as some
think. He was a memorable char-
acter to me, one of the remarkable
ones," Dorset said.
Among dignitaries who visited
were Dominican President Charles
Angelo Savarin and former Com-
monwealth Secretary General Ram-
Touched many lives
Pan Trinbago s Angela Fox, wife
of deceased former NAR MP Jensen
Fox, shook hands with Robinson s
daughter, recalling how her husband
served with Robinson in the NAR.
Cunaripo Presbyterian teachers
Deokarla Rampersad and Margaret
Baboolal said they brought their
students to the Parliament as they
had learnt about Robinson in class
and wanted them to get a glimpse
of history in the making.
The Webb family, of Princes
Town, brought their two daughters
in school uniform. Mr Webb said
it was an historic occasion their
girls should witness.
Two elderly female members of
the PNM s Arima unit---Audrey
Hinkson and Jeanette Gay ---
laughed happily and gushed with
pleasure, recalling Robinson was at
one time PNM and "was so hand-
some and he used to speak so
"I used to look at the man and
feel so good!" Hinkson laughed.
Sheila Sandy, 91, travelled from
Tunapuna, dressed in mint-green
finery, to pay her respects. Sandy,
born in 1923, said she felt she had
to mark Robinson s moment.
Former soldier Kirt le Gendre
said Robinson was a man of integri-
ty who had held T&T on a stable
Also among mourners were
Neville John, part of Robinson s
security team from 1983 to 1987,
and senior citizen Sylvia Howe,
leaning heavily on a cane, who said
Robinson used to visit her mother,
aunt and relatives in Tobago
Ingrid Reid said she came from
Carapichaima, since she had fol-
lowed Robinson s life. T&T-born,
US-based visitor Janet Lett said she
was on vacation but felt compelled
to pay her respects.
Visitors to casket recall ANR's best moments...
Final farewell in
Lenore Dorset, who served as senior protocol officer under President ANR Robinson, pays respect on day two
of the public viewing at the Parliament Building, Tower D, International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
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