Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that a State Funeral will be accorded to Dominica’s first Chief Minster, the late Franklyn Andrew Baron who passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on April 9, 2016.
Baron was 93 at the time of his death.
“By virtue of the fact that he served as Chief Minister of Dominica, he will be accorded the honour of a ‘State Funeral’ by the government of Dominica,” Skerrit, said on Monday.
He noted that an appropriate announcement will be made by the Office of the Prime Minister in respect to a “National Day of Mourning” and “other arrangements for his burial.”
“Certainly he made a contribution to our country over an extended period of time,” Skerrit stated. “He was one of the Dominicans who remained in Dominica to work for the well-being of our country and he was a major player in the private sector also.”
He described Baron as an Ambassador who served the country in different capacities and who was also “very straight forward”.
“I am sure many of us remember him as a person who was considered to be a very straight forward person. He would speak his mind at any given time; anywhere he had the opportunity to do so,” Skerrit noted.
Skerrit extends condolences to the family of Baron.
“On behalf of the Government of Dominica and my own personal behalf and that of my family, I wish to extend condolences to the family, the wife and children of the late Mr. Frank Baron who passed away over the weekend,” he said.
Baron was born at Portsmouth on 19 January 1923. He was educated at the Portsmouth Government School, The Dominica Grammar School, and St. Mary’s Academy.
He served in many capacities during his career both in the political and business sectors.