The government has announced that the late former senator, Swanston Carbon, will receive an official funeral.
The announcement was made on Thursday almost a week after Carbon passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Reading a statement on the behalf of acting prime minister, Reginal Austrie, MP for Roseau South, Ambrose George said the decision was taken at a meeting of cabinet on Tuesday, September 2.
George said the government is saddened by the death of Carbon, who was 68 at the time of passing.
“The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is profoundly saddened at the passing of Mr. Swanston Carbon and expresses sincere condolences to his wife and family,” he said.
George said Carbon rose from humble beginnings “to serve Dominica in many capacities.”
“At one time his company, Carbon Refrigeration Services, was Dominica’s foremost refrigeration and air conditioning services provider, a function he performed with excellence and professionalism,” he noted.
He stated that the late senator was a member of the Jaycees and was “always passionate in articulating his point of view.”
“It was however as a parliamentarian that he gained national recognition,” George stated. “He was one of those individuals who was fearless in calling a spade a spade and was always passionate in discharging his functions as a parliamentarian, both as a senator and occassionally as speaker.”
George said the government is in contact with the bereaved wife for finalizing the necessary arrangements for the official funeral.
George described the late senator as “a personal friend” and said he joined with prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit and his family as well as all cabinet ministers and their families “in conveying personal condolences to grieving family.”
The former Dominica Freedom Party senator died on Sunday, August 31 one week after undgoing surgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
He served as a government senator in the Dame Eugenia Charles administration during the period of 1980 – 1995.
He also served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1990 to 1995 and was a former Member of the Roseau City Council serving also on a number of Statutory Boards and Advisory Committees.
A date for the funeral has not yet been set.