The Government of Dominica has declared Saturday, September 13, 2014 an official day of mourning as a mark of respect for the late Swanston Carbon, former Deputy – Speaker of the House of Assembly.
On that same day the late former senator will be laid to rest after an official funeral.
The Dominican flag will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on the day of mourning.
On July 16, 1990, Swanston Carbon was elected to serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, a position which he held till May 15, 1995.
Following the Dominica Freedom Party’s landslide election victory in the 1980 general elections, Carbon was appointed a Government Senator on July 30,1980. He was re-appointed Senator on July 22, 1985 and again on June 1, 1990.
In the 2000 general elections, he was a candidate for the Dominica Freedom Party in the Roseau South Constituency.
Carbon served on the Roseau City Council from 1978 to 1985. Up until the time of his death he was an executive member of the Dominica Freedom Party. In his younger days he was an ardent member of the JAYCEES Club.
Swanston Carbon was born in Glanvillia, Portsmouth on September 6, 1945 and lived in the community of Wallhouse for a number of years.
He was the owner and Managing Director of Carbon Refrigeration Services Ltd.
He leaves to mourn his wife Corinthia and children Stonneal, Armsby, Lennard, Lisa-Marie and Kitwanie.
His Excellency, the President Charles Savarin and Mrs Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs Skerrit, and other members of Cabinet, Speaker Alix Boyd-Knights, and other members of parliament, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other Government Officials are expected to attend the Official Funeral for the late Swanston Carbon.
Public viewing shall be from 2:00pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church in Newtown.
The Official Funeral Service will commence at 3:00pm.
The late former deputy house speaker will be laid to rest at Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.
All official mourners are requested to be in their seats no later than 2:45 pm.