Grenadians will today (Friday) bid farewell to the island’s Third Governor-General, Sir Reginald Palmer who died on May 24 at aged 93.
Sir Reginald will be laid to rest at the St. George’s Top Cemetery that is usually set aside for the upper echelon of the Grenadian society.
He will be accorded a State funeral after a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Church Street in St. George’s at which the Chief Celebrant will be the Diocesan Administrator of the church, Father Clifton Harris.
On Wednesday, the body laid in State at the Cathedral – the Palmer family members are staunch members of the Catholic faith.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Governor General Dame Cecil La Grenade were among those visiting the church to pay their last respects to the late Sir Reginald.
As requested by the late GG, his body laid in State in a closed casket that was closely guarded by police officers clad in their ceremonial outfit.
Several persons were seen at the church offering condolences to the family of the deceased and were allowed to sit in the church and pray as they mourned the death of Sir Reginald.
Sir Reginald was born February 15, 1923 in the tiny village of Boca in St. George North-east and served as the island’s Head of State from August 1992 to August 1996.
He succeeded the late Paul Scoon who was the longest serving Governor-General of Grenada, spanning over 14 years.
Sir Reginald was appointed to the post of GG under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite and decided to step down after the New National Party (NNP) under the leadership of Dr. Keith Mitchell won the 1995 general elections.
The late Governor-General started off his career in education, first as a pupil teacher and went on to become the head teacher of St. George’s Roman Catholic School in 1956.
In 1972 he was promoted to the government post of Assistant Education Officer and then in 1973 was made Principal of the Grenada Teacher’s College.
The following year, Sir Reginald was again promoted to become Chief Education Officer.
Palmer retired from public service in 1980 and entered the private sector, serving two terms as President of the Grenada Employer’s Federation (GEF).
Sir Reginald has left behind to mourn his wife, Lady Judith who served at one time as an opposition Senator under Congress in the late 1980’s.