Western Ja to pay tribute to Sir Howard
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Thousands of Jamaicans across the western end of the island are expected to pay tribute to late former Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke, at several activities being planned to honour the distinguished son of St James.
According to Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B Smith, who chairs the committee spearheading the events, Sir Howard's body will lie in-state at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square on August 5, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This will be followed by an all-night vigil at the Farm Heights United Church, founded by the former Governor Gerneral.
"We, in the west, outside of what is happening at the national level, feel that we should do our best to commemorate his memory in dignity and fine style," said Smith.
He added that other activities are scheduled to take place after the state funeral.
"There are a number of plans that we are looking at as a committee; a memorial service on August 31, distribution of his book 'From the Cane Piece to Gordon House'. We are looking at putting the book in most school libraries in St James," he explained.
Smith, who is also Member of Parliament for Central St James, said Sir Howard was an excellent educator.
"I am an example of that. He taught me, and was my headmaster at the then Montego Bay Boys' School, now Corinaldi Primary," he noted.
He said that the late former Governor General also made contribution to sports while he was President of the St James Cricket Association, and to the development of culture.
The State Funeral for Sir Howard will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston on August 8 at 10:00 am. He will be buried in the National Heroes Park in Kingston.