The body of former Finance Minister in the Patrick John led government Captain Victor .A.J. Riviere was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery after he was accorded an official funeral by the Government of Dominica on December 7, 2016 at the Cathedral Chapel in Roseau.
“Captain Vic,” as he was more popularly known, died on November 18, 2016 in St. Lucia where he was undergoing medical treatment.
The funeral was attended by President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin and his wife, members of Cabinet and also the opposition led by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was expected to attend but was not present since he was at another funeral in Pointe Michel.
In his homily, Bishop of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire, who was the main celebrant, called on the faithful to ponder how they will want to remember the late Vic Riviere.
“The question therefore, is how Vic will be remembered…I am sure that you have decided on that as to how you want to remember him. As Captain, economist, politician or as the one who started many, many important projects in Dominica,” Bishop Malzaire said.
He continued, “What would be his legacy? But I ask you how you would like to be remembered. We have an opportunity now at this moment to decide for ourselves what will the rest of our lives will be.”
Using a quote from St. Benedict to his Monks which said “Think of your death every day and the quality of your life here on earth will be different and more wholesome,” Bishop Malzaire told those present to ponder on it as they continue on life’s journey.