Burial delayed

Two of the children who want their father buried in Grenada

Two of the children who want their father buried in Grenada

A disagreement among the children of local politician, Winston Frederick over his final resting place has ended up in court.

Frederick’s burial was due to take place at the River Sallee Cemetery in St. Patrick’s last week Friday following a Funeral Service at the Mt. Rose Seventh-Day Adventists Church.

However, it was halted when the Undertakers of the body, were served with a court injunction.

Mourners at the funeral only became aware of the situation when one of the Funeral Directors of Otway/Bailey Funeral Home announced during the Service that the internment will not go ahead as planned.

THE NEW TODAY was told a few days before the burial that there was a problem among the different set of children fathered by “Winty” with two different women.

One side is insisting that their father be buried in his homeland, while another group of children want Frederick to be buried in New York close to his deceased wife.

During Friday’s funeral service, former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas was among those specially invited to pay tribute to his one-time political opponent.




Frederick had defeated Thomas in the 1990 general election to win the rural St. Patrick East seat on a ticket of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) of late Prime Minister, Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.

One of the children who wishes to have Winty Frederick buried in New York

One of the children who wishes to have Winty Frederick buried in New York

He served in Parliament as Deputy Speaker but did not contest the 1995 poll as he fell out with Sir Eric.

Frederick migrated to the United States but returned to the island to form the People’s United Labour Party (PULP) and contested the February 19 elections as its only candidate but did not create much of an impact in the St. Patrick East seat.

The matter of Frederick’s final place of burial came up on Monday before Madam Justice Margaret Mohammad at High Court Number Three.

However, after spending just about one hour in the judge’s Chambers, the warring parties emerged without arriving at an agreement.

The matter was sent for Mediation on Wednesday, and both parties were expected to report back to Justice Mohammad yesterday (Thursday October 17).

One of the lawyers, Gerard Douglas who is representing four of the children who are seeking to have their father buried outside of Grenada, guardedly told reporters when it comes to where Frederick would be finally laid to rest that would be a private family decision.

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