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  • Hundreds of Jamaicans gathered in National Heroes Park today (August 8), as the body of the late former Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke was interred.
  • Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Jamaica, Albert Francis, said he journeyed from St. James, to pay respect to Sir Howard, who was also head of the Scout movement, and served with distinction.
  • The Jamaican Folk Singers delivered a sterling performance at the graveside.

Hundreds  of Jamaicans  gathered in National Heroes Park today (August 8), as the body  of the late former Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke was interred.

This followed the State Funeral at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, in downtown Kingston,  and the procession to the  graveside.

For Minister of Finance and Planning  and former Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who served in the Upper House while Sir Howard was President, the State Funeral was fitting for one who gave exemplary service to the nation.

“The example he set of humanity, his regard for each and every individual, first as a human being, before any other consideration, is an example that we would do well to follow. The nation has given him a well deserved tribute, and it is for us now who live on after to show, through our behavior and conduct, that we emulate him, and will follow in his footsteps,” Dr. Phillips said.

He  said Sir Howard’s tenure as President of the Senate was characterized with fairness, and during intense debates, he demonstrated calm leadership.

Jamaicans, he said, must always remember that Sir Howard  was only in his early 20s when he took up national service, and that he gave due regard to all, irrespective of their status. “His sense of justice, his willingness to ensure that the interest of the country assumed priority over every other consideration, was always at the forefront,” he added.

For her part, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke,  said she was humbled by the kind outpouring of recognition for the life of Sir Howard.  “Sir Howard’s humbleness, principled stance, and care for others are principles that we could all live by for a better nation,” the Mayor said.

President of the Senate, Mr. Floyd Morris, said the wide cross section of persons and organizations that supported the funeral made the sendoff “tremendous,” and “we can only cherish his memory by living according to how he lived, and by the messages that he taught us.”

“It is a tremendous sendoff for an outstanding son, who I regard as a giant,” Mr. Morris said.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Jamaica, Albert Francis, said he journeyed from St. James, to pay respect to Sir Howard, who was also head of the Scout movement, and served with distinction.

The Jamaican Folk Singers delivered a sterling performance at the graveside.

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