Official day of mourning declared for former senator

The late former senator (right) with Johnson Boston of the Dominica Freedom Party. Photo credit: The Sun Newspaper
The late former senator (right) with Johnson Boston of the Dominica Freedom Party. Photo credit: The Sun Newspaper

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.

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 11, 2014

    I suspect ITASSI TOO has big issues with Melissa Poponne Skerrit. Alas, get over the first lady for your own good.

  2. Watcher
    September 11, 2014

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Swanston Carbon. Carbs, as I have long referred to him was a personal friend and political mentor. What Reggie Austrie is to the labour Party today is exactly what Swanston Carbon was to the DFP back then. He moved and wooed the crowds to the disgust and annoyance of the UWP.

    I noticed that the captioned photograph is credited tot he Sun Newspaper. How interesting. The Sun and DNO have a major thing in common and that is to deliver news to the populace in a timely manner. They have mutually share and have shared resources to advance their common goal. That arrangement however does not take away the responsibility of either party to acknowledging and giving recognition to the original works of the other. Does that sound a familiar note? ?

  3. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    Condolences to the family including his first wife my dear friend. May his soul rest in peace, who come funeral come that is their business. People who are suppose to be there will surely be there.

  4. September 10, 2014

    May you rest in peace my friend

  5. 100% Dominican
    September 10, 2014

    This man was a giant in Dominican political life and will be sorely and sadly missed. I will miss in particular, his contributions towards analysis of the economy and budget speeches etc. I think that he was a truly honest contributor to the overall debate and truly loved his country and looked for its best interest. If he was a footballer, his t-shirt would have to be retired as there will be no other like him!!! Condolences to his family and all who were close to him. May he now rest peacefully with a heavenly welcome.

  6. September 10, 2014

    People it is time to show some respect to the members of this great patriot’s family and stop bringing politics into this time of mourning for these people. They are coping with tragedy right now and some of you are so heartless talking about whether the prime minister or president will attend. I mean come on man…. Show some respect.

  7. September 10, 2014

    Skirret will attend what .funeral of whom i dont think so Charlo will and his wife not that self fish P.M amby will but not MR P.M this man is going to make sure he have some thing to attend to over seas . Only when pigs got wings we can see that happen ,he only attend pierro funeral because he was the P.M at the time this man heart is hard like a rock he doesnt for give people till u bow down for him /……………………..

    • The Fact
      September 10, 2014

      What about you? What type of heart do you have? God knows too well.

  8. SMH
    September 10, 2014

    Cant please damn Dominicans!!!! Don’t do it is an issue, do it is make a next roro!!! Stupes

  9. Educated One
    September 10, 2014

    Poor all you all official funerals are attended by President and Prime Minister or their representatives, Government Minister, Members of the House assembly, Official mouners, police etc.. Shame you all do not know that just like to play politics. Leave PM alone

  10. Gasparo Contarini
    September 10, 2014

    Honestly, i know carbon well, he would not want skerrit & savarin at his funeral they will disturb his rest. :mrgreen:

  11. Dominican
    September 10, 2014

    Mr Carbon has three sons and 2 daughters you guys are missing Stonneal Carbon

  12. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    Too little too late!!

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      September 10, 2014

      Pity! Your opinion is imaterial. Can’t stop what is to be.

  13. Itassi too
    September 10, 2014

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs Skerrit, and others are expected to attend the Official Funeral for the late Swanston Carbon? If Skerrit attends this funeral it will be as a last minute change of heart just to see if will get the votes of honest Euginia Charles Freedomites. Also, will Mrs. Skerrit accompany her husband to the funeral? Hell No! I don’t think I saw at bishop Daniel’s funeral yesterday, although the bishop and Skerro were very good pals, and I sure don’t even see the possibility of her attending Mr. Carbon’s who was not a friend of Skerrit. Oh, on a second thought maybe she might attend Mr. Carbon’s own on the basis that he was not a friend of Skerro. But if she does Skerro might boycott it you know. Don’t be surprised he bought an airline ticket already.

    • As if....
      September 10, 2014

      “Also, will Mrs. Skerrit accompany her husband to the funeral? Hell No! I don’t think I saw at bishop Daniel’s funeral yesterday…”

      Where all that coming in!!. She did not attend, she did not attend. So what. I didn’t go cuz I was ill. How do you know she wasn’t ill, or the baby was ill or had a little issue, maybe she had her period and wasn’t feeling up to it. Relax, everything doesn’t have to be so political. CHILL OUT!!

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2014

      Oh my god! ITassi too please get over this obsession you have with Skerrit and Melissa, jeez! I have been through five topics on DNO and you are on everyone of them talking about the PM and his wife, topics that are totally unrelated to them. Get help child, go see a shrink, this is stalking. If Skerrit broke your heart you need to get over it and move on. He is married to Melissa and its a done deal , Jesus I pity you, please get help before you do something stupid. I suspect you are really from Vieille CAse and you must be one of the girls he ditched.

  14. Doc. Love
    September 10, 2014

    Excellent job, Mr. Prime Minister. It will be interesting to see whether you attend, just like you attended the funeral of the pastor. I also hope the President will attend with his lovely wife, both were present at the funeral of the pastor. I wish to make a prediction, Mr. George will be representing the Prime Minister at the funeral.

    • voter
      September 10, 2014

      BOy all you can do Skerro thing we. All you just made the man change his flight date.

  15. missy ellot
    September 10, 2014

    Well done to the Government and people of my country. I am overseas but i too will be taking that day to morn for my friend .

    Let us unite for a common goal of see Dominica emerge as one of the best Island to live in .

  16. Positively Dominican
    September 10, 2014

    May your soul rest in peace Mr Carbon. You have served the people of Dominica with humility and respect. We will always remember your major contribution to the people of Dominica. You were a true patriot! You are now at peace!

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