St.Maarten to be represented at state funeral of the late Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson

President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell will be attending the state funeral of the late Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson to be held on Wednesday. 

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Thousands of Barbadians are expected to pay their last respects to their beloved Prime Minister at Kensington Oval and line the route to St. John’s Church in the parish which he represented in parliament for the past 23 years.

The President of Parliament will be leaving on Tuesday along with Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell and her Cabinet Assistant Calvin Mardembrough.

The Sint Maarten delegation will attend the funeral service which starts at 9.30am on November 3.

Gracita Arrindell had the pleasure of meeting Thompson during the U.S. Democratic Party National Convention (DNC) in Denver , Colorado back in August 2008, where current U.S. President Barack Obama was nominated.

"The passing of Prime Minister Thompson is a great loss for the people of Barbados and the region as a whole. During his three-year tenure as leader of his country, he was an advocate for opportunity and prosperity for the people of his beloved island.

"We will be presenting a condolence book to the Government of Barbados on behalf of the people and Government of Sint Maarten. In the book we have messages from the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, from the Council of Ministers, members of Parliament and yours truly," President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell stated on Monday.

Prime Minister Thompson passed away on October 23 at his home in St Philip, Barbados , after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 48 years old.

The Sint Maarten delegation will return to the island on Thursday.