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The Hon. Lousie Bennett-Coverley, who died on July 26, in Toronto, Canada, is to be accorded an official funeral by the Government of Jamaica.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement, while also announcing the setting up of a special planning committee under the chairmanship of Hon. Aloun Assamba, Minister of Tourism, Entertainment & Culture which will be responsible for coordinating arrangements for the funeral and related matters. The Committee includes a representative from the Opposition.
A special thanksgiving service for the life of this outstanding Jamaican cultural icon, will be held in Toronto next Thursday, August 3. That service is being given all the recognition and courtesies of the Jamaican Government and a delegation, including representatives of the Opposition, will be in attendance.
The Prime Minister has also announced that in keeping with Miss Lou’s wishes to be buried by the side of her husband, arrangements are being made to have his body and that of Miss Lou’s returned to Jamaica for the official funeral.
Condolence books for Miss Lou are to be opened at all overseas Missions and at the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, the Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.