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Roger Clarke to be buried today

Published:Saturday | September 13, 2014 | 9:31 AM
Roger Clarke - File
Outside the St George's Anglican Church, where the Official Funeral of Roger Clarke is underway. - Damion Mitchell photo

The late Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland Roger Clarke is to be laid to rest today.

Clarke died on August 28 in the United States from a suspected heart attack while attempting to return to Jamaica after undergoing back surgery in Miami.

The government has accorded him an official funeral.

The funeral service will take place at the St George’s Anglican Church, Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland 10:30 this morning.

Interment is to follow at Glen Islay in Williamsfield, Westmoreland.

Several traffic changes have been announced to facilitate the funeral.

From 9-3 p.m., Great Georges Street between Barclay Street and Beckford Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Traffic travelling from the KFC direction intending to use Great Georges Street will be diverted onto Barclay Street then onto Beckford Street.

Those travelling from the opposite direction intending to use Great Georges Street will be diverted onto Beckford Street.

Only vehicles conveying personnel attending the funeral will be allowed access.

After the funeral service from 2-5 p.m., the Williamsfield main road between the intersections of Fort Williams and Strawberry main roads will be converted into one way traffic to facilitate the burial and the re-past.

Motorists and pedestrians are being advised to obey the directives of the Police.

Meanwhile, several members of parliament paid tribute to the late Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke yesterday.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, A.J. Nicholson hailed him for his work in agriculture and said Clarke would also be remembered for his humility.

The tributes were also littered with jokes as senators remembered Clarke’s penchant for humour.

Opposition senator Alexander Williams described him as a giant of a man.

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