Former Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon, GCMG, GCVO, OBE, was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in his hometown in Gouyave, St John.
The country’s longest serving GG lay in State on Wednesday at the island’s temporary house of Parliament – The Grenada Trade Centre and was laid to rest after a ceremony at the St Peters Roman Catholic (RC) Church in Gouyave, St John.
A wide cross section of dignitaries attended the funeral service for the former Head of state who become a household name worldwide following the U.S-led military action in Grenada on October 25, 1983.
Sir Paul co-operated with the Caribbean and American soldiers who landed on the island to uproot the Revolutionary Military Council (RMC) of general Hudson Austin that had seized power in a bloody coup in which the former Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop was killed.
As Governor-General, Sir Paul appointed educator Sir Nicholas Brathwaite to head an Interim Government until elections were held on December 4, 1984 t bring Grenada back into the fold of constitutional rule after nearly five years of non-elected left-wing administration.
Sir Paul’s entombment took place at the Dougladston Cemetery after the State funeral for the man who served as GG from 1978 to 1992.
The journey of Sir Paul is captured in his book entitled, “Survival for Service” that provides a personal account of his experiences as Governor General.