Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 2nd 2014 Contents Robinson s daughter Ann Margaret, son David
and granddaughter Anushka looked sombre during
Among the regional leaders who attended were
Guyana President Donald Ramoutar, Grenada Gov-
ernor General Dr Cecile La Grenade, Barbados Prime
Minister Freundel Stuart and Antigua/Barbuda Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer.
Notably absent from the service were former
prime ministers Basdeo Panday and Patrick Manning.
None of Robinson s cabinet ministers were seen at
the service. One former National Alliance for Recon-
struction minister said she received no invitation
and so did not attend.
Chief celebrant Reverend Dr Lesley G Anderson,
of the Methodist Church, said the country was
grateful to God for Robinson s life and service. He
said Robinson was a very outstanding individual
who "served his country with great distinction."
The funeral service began shortly before the sched-
uled 9.30 start. The auditorium was not packed to
Master of ceremonies, Wendell Constantine, had
to announce the arrival of President Carmona on
more than one occasion before he entered. When
the first announcement was made at 9.15, it was
Persad-Bissessar who entered.
The crowd had to stand a second time a minute
later for the President s arrival. And later during the
service, Robinson s granddaughter, Anushka, was
called to read Psalm 91, but there was no bible
among the congregation. After a few moments she
proceeded to recite it from her head, which she did
Robinson s body was brought into NAPA earlier
in a draped casket and a final procession in the city.
Another Tobago tribute is expected to
be declared in honour of the late president
Arthur NR Robinson.
Announcement of the tribute is expected
to be given in Tobago, sources said, noting
that the talks were initiated after President
Anthony Carmona said Government should
honour Robinson with more than his name
being placed on a building and other mon-
uments during the Trinidad leg of the State
ecumenical service at the National Academy
for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, yes-
On May 19, 2011, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar renamed the Crown Point
Airport in Tobago the ANR Robinson Air-
Robinson, 87, who died of kidney failure
on April 9 at St Clair Medical Centre, is to
be buried tomorrow on the island of his
birth, Tobago, after a second state funeral,
this time at the Dwight Yorke Stadium,
Carmona was among eight people who
paid tribute to Robinson.
The others were Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, Chief Justice Ivor Archie,
former president George Maxwell Richards,
president of the International Criminal Court
(ICC) Sang-Hyun Song, Integrity Commis-
sion chairman Kenneth Gordon and former
executive director of the Trust Fund for
Victims at the ICC, Andre Laperriere.
Carmona said Robinson s memory must
be preserved so that current and future gen-
erations would remember his efforts for
national development and the promotion
and preservation of the rule of law.
He said that was especially needed at a
time when there was an "ample dose of
restlessness nationally and overseas" and
people were trying to hold their leaders to
greater degrees of accountability and respon-
He noted: "We must seek to preserve the
legacy of this fallen patriot, not only through
the naming of buildings or other monuments
in his honour, but we must go beyond these
trappings, however well-intentioned and
admirable they might be.
"T&T must establish programmes and
formulate policies which are geared towards
the complete fulfillment of President Robin-
son s dreams.
"His vision of T&T as a ship which must
never steer away from its original moorings,
from its founding principles, which have
been codified in our Constitution and laws,
if we are to give true meaning to his legacy,
if we are to embrace it and not squander
what he has bequeath to us."
He said Robinson s insistence on the need
for morality in public affairs was "an essential
component of good governance."
Ahead of his time
In her address, Persad-Bissessar said as
a politician Robinson was considered ahead
of his time and as a leader he "never avoided
the tough decisions nor was he intimidated
by the uncertainty or the criticism that
came with his work.
"Tobago was his sun but Trinidad was
his day," she added.
The PM spoke of Robinson s defiance
during the attempted coup in 1990, when
he was an injured hostage in the Red House.
She said he called on the army then to
attack with full force. She said that was one
of the greatest acts of sacrifice made by
Robinson. Describing him as one of the
nation s most outstanding sons, Persad-
Bissessar said he brought honour to his fam-
ily and his country.
Gordon, who spoke on behalf of Robin-
son s family, said the former president was
not understood by many in the discharge
of his duty to the nation. He said Robinson
was of great service to the nation for many
Sung said the ICC would not have been
established in 2001 were it not for Robinson s
vision, initiative and persistence. The court
was established to deal with war crimes and
crimes against humanity.
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Soldiers carry the casket of former president and prime minister Arthur NR Robinson to a waiting helicopter at the Ulric Cross Air Station,
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