Sir Clement’s funeral arrangements to be announced after consultations with family

The late Sir Clement Arrindell

(Basseterre St.Kitts, March 29, 2011) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said funeral arrangements will be announced for the Federation’s First Governor General, His Excellency Sir Clement Arrindell, GCMG, GCVO, QC., once they are complete following consultations with the family.

In an official statement, Prime Minister Douglas extended sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Sir Clement.

“Sir Clement unfailingly made the best use of his God-given talents, first earning his qualifications as a barrister, and then moving on to serve as a magistrate. It is important to note, however, that Sir Clement served as a barrister and a magistrate not only in St. Kitts and Nevis, but also in the neighbouring British Overseas Territory of the British Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Douglas.

He noted that in addition to these two esteemed roles, however, “Sir Clement’s abilities and expertise were further acknowledged, later in his impressive career, when he was also named a judge of the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court, a position in which he served the people of this region well. Sir Clement then went on to serve as Governor of the Associate State of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

When St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent nation in 1983 and from that time until 1996, Sir Clement served as this nation’s Governor-General, “again securing for himself a special place in our nation’s history.”

“Very few persons in any nation are accorded the honor to serve as their nation’s Head of State, and Sir Clement was one of that select group,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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