IN PICTURES: State Funeral of Dominica’s first prime minister, Patrick Roland John

More than two months after his passing, Dominica’s first prime minister, the late Patrick Roland John, was laid to rest on Wednesday September 29, 2021 in a tomb on the grounds of the 200-year old Anglican Church in Roseau.

The funeral service which was attended by family members, government officials and other invited guests, was held at the St. Gerald Cathedral Chapel.

Below are some photos of John’s funeral service and burial.

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  1. Bwa-Banday
    October 1, 2021

    RIEP Soldier John!
    You came, you served and now its time to rest. Sadly, many misunderstood you during you time here with us. Not that you were perfect but whom on earth is anyway? Even the officer that laid the charges for $47.00 against you maintains you are / were a good soul and he never expected you to serve time in jail for that conviction. However, he was just doing his job. While life is an unpredictable journey here on earth, mankind play a great role in how we are perceived after our departure.

    Rest assured sir, while history is written and influenced by those in control, we will NEVER forget how you were treated in your last days. Journey on soldier, journey on :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  2. The Dead can't speak
    September 30, 2021

    In his song ” WHO THE CAP FITS” the late Bob Marley wrote these wonderful lines:
    Some will hate you pretend they love you now… hypocrites and parasites…
    Some hated him to death when he was alive but they loved him as their first born when he was dead. They even had his dead body in their house lol
    Rest in peace PJ, you will always be my hero

  3. Ibo France
    September 30, 2021

    It’s traditional that we praise the deceased to high heavens but while they are alive not even one word of commendation. We have to stop this.

    The dead cannot appreciate all the glorious praises they get at their sending off to the Great Beyond. Give them the commendations and accolades while they are alive.

    Patrick John was well deserving of all the tributes, honour, kudos and homage he got
    AR his funeral while he was still alive.

    • September 30, 2021

      Ibo France, why do you say sending off to the “Great Beyond” if you think that: “The dead cannot appreciate all the glorious praises”, who is at and where is that “Great Beyond” that you speak about?

      For Jesus has told us that God is not the God of the dead, and I am sure that refer to a place of God speaking about the “Great Beyond”

      So if Mr. Patick John is heading to “Great Beyond” according to you, it must be that he is also able to receive the commendations which are given to him at the burial of his physical body.

      People leave their body when their days in this World has expired, by God’s Will, but their soul remains with whatever their condition–revived by the Light or still lost in darkness.

      Those who were revived before they left their body go to the Spirit World to continue in the growth of Love, but those who left with an unrived soul will continue in the state of loss in that same Spirit World until the final judgment is called.

  4. All shall eat
    September 30, 2021

    I know it was a state funeral but I wish PJ had willed that he didn’t want Ayatollah and the Evil man in his funeral, just as Dick Chinny willed that he didn’t want sitting president Donald Trump in his funeral.
    Anyway PJ RIp knowing that you served Dominica from a heart of love unlike those satanic ones. My thoughts and prayers to his entire family and friends.

    • May
      September 30, 2021

      I believe it was the late John McCain who said this. Dick Cheney is still alive.

    • Toto
      October 1, 2021

      To be honest Patrick was not my favourite but RIP all the same. But what was Charles Savarin doing there, having the last laugh or perhaps saying to himself good riddance instead of goodbye. Human beings are strange animals for sure.

  5. I Still Red
    September 30, 2021

    A so-called State funeral attended by a cabinet of haters and a cabinet that destroyed all the good work of Patrick John. Imagine Charles Savarin planted flowers. Hypocrites, haters and pretenders
    RIP Hon Patrick John and my prayers with the family and those who really loved PJ

  6. Righteous
    September 30, 2021

    Rest in Eternal Peace Comrade. A Soldier that every Dominican should honour and respect for his contributions to the Commonwealth of Dominica in every aspect from politics, workers right, sports and music just to name a few. He paid his debt for his misguided intentions and was forgiven by the one who he conspired against.

    Thank you Sir P. R. John for your service to Dominica.

    One Love Dominicans #OLD767

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