Late Caribbean statesman Sir Fred Phillips CVO, QC, will be accorded an official funeral, this Friday at Spring Gardens Moravian Church.
The decision came out of the first meeting of Cabinet to grant Sir Fred, the first black governor of St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, a barrister-at-law and Queen’s Counsel who practiced in Civil Litigation, Contract Law, Banking and Constitutional Law. He died at his Hodges Bay home on February 21, at the age of 92.
The Funeral Planning Committee headed by MP Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro has already met and a special sitting of the High Court will be convened on Thursday, the day before the funeral, when lawyers and members of the legal fraternity will pay tribute.
Sir Fred’s body will lie in repose at Government House for public viewing from noon on Friday, before being taken to Spring Gardens on St John’s Street for the 2 pm service of thanksgiving.
Bishop Kingsley Lewis will present the sermon while the service will be officiated by Reverend Dr George Mulrain, Connexional President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. The lessons will be read by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Archbishop Orland Lindsay.
Sir Fred will be interred at St John’s Public Cemetery.
Among those who will travel to Antigua for the funeral will be St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas and members the Bar Association, Rose Croix Lodge.
Sir Fred will be accorded a three-volley gun salute at the interment.
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