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George Charles laid to rest

George Charles laid to rest

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This country paid its last respects to a former political stalwart last week.

Former leader of the defunct Eighth Army of Liberation, George Hamilton Charles was interred with a State funeral last Thursday. His body lay in state for public viewing at the House of Assembly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. {{more}} Following the viewing of the body by government officials, other dignitaries and members of the public, the body was taken to the Kingstown Methodist Church for the funeral service.

The funeral service saw Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves reading the Epistle and Charles’ daughter, Sharon, reading the Gospel. Rev. Victor Job delivered the special message.

National Security Minister Sir Vincent Beache eulogized Charles as a “charismatic leader” and a “visionary” as he recalled the former politician’s contribution to early post-colonial political life.

Following the funeral service in capital Kingstown, Charles’ casket, draped with the national flag, was transported to the Brighton Cemetery where his body was laid to rest.