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Jamaica bids farewell to Sir Howard

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Jamaica will bid farewell to its late former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke today at a State funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.



The service is scheduled to begin at 10 o'clock.



The burial will take place at the National Heroes Park.



Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller are expected to lead thousands of mourners for today’s funeral.



And today’s funeral brings to an end, two-days of State mourning for the former head of state who died on Friday, July 11.



He was 98.



Sir Howard’s body laid in state for public viewing at the Mico University College yesterday and on Tuesday, at the Cultural Centre at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.



Following his death, leaders in politics, business and religion hailed Sir Howard for his significant contribution to nation building, especially through politics and education.



And the United Nations lauded him for selflessly serving the needs of his country.



Sir Howard was born in Goodwill, St. James, on November 13, 1915 to parents, David Brown Cooke and Mary Jane Minto.



He served as a teacher for 23 years and was a member and former president of the Jamaica Union of Teachers.



Sir Howard entered politics in 1938 as one of the founding members of the People’s National Party and later occupied various senior positions in Government.



He was Jamaica's third native governor general, serving from 1991 to 2006.



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