State funeral for Mr. Patrick Roland John – former premier and prime minister of Dominica

The Government of Dominica wishes to inform that the date of the funeral of the late Mr. Patrick Roland John will be Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

This date has been provided by his wife, Mrs. Desiree John.

In accordance with the Cabinet Decision of July 31, 2001, the late Patrick Roland John, being a former Prime Minister, shall be accorded a State Funeral.

Cabinet has directed that a three (3) day period of mourning beginning Monday, September 27 to Wednesday, September 29, 2021 will be observed. The Dominican Flag shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on the official days of mourning.

Mr. Patrick Roland John served as Dominica’s first Prime Minister from November 3, 1978 to June 21, 1979 after leading the island to political independence from Great Britain. Prior to

independence, Mr. John served as Premier of Dominica from July 26, 1974 to November 3, 1978.

Further details of the lying in state, funeral and burial will be provided in a subsequent statement.

The Government of Dominica wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Mr. Patrick Roland John.

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  1. Man bite dogs
    September 13, 2021

    Dno, I have a problem seeing my post I don’t usually beg but this time I am?

    ADMIN: Are you referring to a specific comment? Please let us know.

  2. If we knew better
    September 13, 2021

    When DLP supporters like to talkin about what UWP did or didnt do. I like to tell them “remember Patrick John??” they does like to act like they have selective memory.

    Respect that man Patrick John though. A real stand-up guy if you ask me. Its a real shame that it took so long for him to receive his state funeral. Even Ed Registe got his expedited in a matter of no time. If not for PJ there would be no DLP to this day.

    If i were many of you, i would go to youtube to listen to the Alex Bruno interviews with Mr. John. Some of you need it.

  3. Toto
    September 12, 2021

    What took so long?

  4. Man bite dogs
    September 12, 2021

    There is people saying Patrick John, contribute
    immensely to Dominica that’s rubbish Patrick, started off on the right foot and ended up on the left foot so to speak! What has he done? Independent for Dominica was bad at that time people who didn’t any better said it was good not knowing that Dominica was actually a Banana Republic, with nothing to show if people want to call it great development well sorry people I don’t agree with you guys!!! 👎

    • Ibo France
      September 13, 2021

      Why don’t you stop embarrassing yourself. Your punctuation, sentence construction, spelling and grammar just atrocious.

      Spend some serious time with your head in an ABC book. Learn the sound(s) of each letter. Try to elevate yourself.

  5. Roland Alan Mitchell
    September 11, 2021

    let his funeral be a reminder to the present incumbent that we are all mortal, and that we cannot die and take our ill gotten gains with us. Skerrit and Charles Savern. Give back to the people their money which you have stolen. Stop flooding our country with Hatians. Give back stolen elections. Go and hide your selves and pray for forgiveness.

    • Man bite dogs
      September 13, 2021

      @Roland, your single brain must have been staving of oxygen to write such pre-school crap man go get yourself some education and come again!!
      Leave that crap for Ibo, Viewsexpress, % and some others that is their trade mark crap lies crap lies and more crap ugly Lenny, must be laughing at them suckers!

  6. Ibo France
    September 10, 2021

    For Prime Minister Patrick John (former), I hope the ceremony surrounding his burial is befitting of the man who contributed immensely to the development of his country before and just after it attained political independence.

    Gone but will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in perfect tranquility in the arms of His Creator.

    • September 13, 2021

      Immensely only for Constituences that supported him and his Government and not Constituences that did not vote for him. When we talk about development to his country, we are talking of the entire country and not just the ones who voted for him.

    • September 14, 2021

      The sad thing is that those so-called contributions to the development of Dominica have been overshadowed by his unsuccessful attempts on the late Eugenia Charles and the then Freedom Party Government. I hope you were not one of the mercenaries.

  7. Bwa-Banday
    September 10, 2021

    Yeah it took you all long enough! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: So long the man died only now you all want flag at half staff eh…SMMFH

    Hopefully it will be in the gardens where he stood delivering his First and only Independence Speech. U all better take that advise bcuz none of you incompetent ministers can’t think like that. Some ask for the stadium but that Chinese wreck is not fitting for PJ’s final send off.

    And finally, please please, souplay DO NOT BRING CHARLO to the funeral. This would be rubbing more salt into the wounds of those who still believe he crooked PJ back then and even in his last days. Hence he is persona non grata!

    • Colombo
      September 12, 2021

      Even in death you all still spouting political nonsense and diatribes. Why don’t you read and comprehend and stop all these foolishness?

    • September 13, 2021

      His wife was sick and as a result the funeral was put off until she got better. Now she is better, the funeral will now take place. No need to worry. PJ will get his state funeral. No problem. And the President, Charles Angelo Savarin, will be in attendance and will deliver his eulogy. It is only fitting to make this announcement.

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