The man who served Grenada twice – first as head of an Interm Government appointed in 1983 by late Governor-General Sir Paul Scoon and then as Prime Minister following the outcome of the 1990 general election was given a private burial at sea on Tuesday morning.
Sir Nicholas Brathwaite, 91, passed away at his home in the Villa, overlooking the Carenage on Friday, October 28, 2016 at around 11.30 p.m after a brief illness.
His body, with the national flag decorating the canvass sack that it was placed in, was taken out to the sea on board the Rhum Runner and accompanied by his four sons, one daughter and a handful of specially invited family members and close friends.
After a 45-minute ride out to sea, the boat came to a stop, two policemen on board then removed the national flag and folded it according to State protocol.
The remains were lowered into the sea after the accompanying Anglican Deacon, Tim Byer prayed for the soul of the “faithful departed”.
Family members then threw flowers into the water to bid farewell to the nation’s 5th Prime Minister whose funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Otway/Bailey funeral home.
Four days earlier, a funeral service was held at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church at Grand Anse, according to Anglican rites for the late Prime Minister.
A second funeral service was held on Monday at the Christ The King Anglican Church in Hillsborough, Carriacou for the natives to bid farewell to their local son.
Sir Nicholas won the Carriacou & Petite Martinique seat in the 1990 poll on a ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and was then invited by Sir Paul to form a government.
The second son of the late Prime Minister – Sammy Brathwaite who now lives in Canada, used the occasion of the funeral service at Grand Anse to thank all those who came to the aid of his father in the last days of his life on earth.
Following is the statement as read out by the son: “My name is Samuel Brathwaite, better known as Sammy, and I have been tasked with providing special thanks to the people who have gone beyond the call of duty to assist dad while he was sick.
Dr. Emma Herry-Thompson – Thanks you for your medical support and organising the Caregivers.
Mrs. Meryle-Byer – Thank you for providing Oxygen for Dad, as needed.
Mr. George Worme – Dad’s Confidant and friend. Thank you for being there and providing all of the coconut water that Dad requested.
Ms. Bernice Baptiste – Dad’s primary Caregiver. Thank you for taking such good care of Dad.
Rev. Glasgow – Dad’s spiritual counselor. Thank you for providing your spiritual blessings in the funeral service.
Thanks to the Protocol service, Mrs. Alice Thomas-Roberts, and the Police band for providing such beautiful music and also the Choir.
And to all of you who through your kind words, presence here today, good wishes, actions and prayers have made it easier for our entire family to bear the pain of losing someone so dear and precious to us.
My Dad was a simple but principled man with great integrity, compassion and love. He was a champion of fairness. He was my hero and the most influential person in my entire life.
When Earl asked Dad if he was interested in conducting further tests and pursuing additional medical care, we knew Dad was in a good place because his response was – “Son, I am 91 years old, I have lived a good life and I am not interested in living forever. It is time to go home”.
What a man!
This is not a time for sorrow but rather a time to rejoice and celebrate the life of a truly remarkable and great man who, when he was called to service, served this country selflessly, graciously and with honour and distinction.
Dad, I thank you for being such a positive influence and role model in our lives – what a blessing, what a blessing.
To God be the glory for this beautiful man.
Thank you, thank you, thank you”.