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Chevannes' daughters happy for his award

Published:Friday | November 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Abena Chevannes, the elder daughter of the late Professor Barry Chevannes, says her father would have enjoyed receiving the Gleaner Honour Award which his children collected on his behalf yesterday.

Abena and her sister Amba collected a plaque and a framed copy of a page with a feature about their dad during a luncheon which brought the curtains down on the 2010 Gleaner Honour Awards at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

"I am glad this award was given to Daddy before he passed," Abena told The Gleaner.

Chevannes, 70, was given a special Gleaner Honour Award for his contribution to national development.

"We are honoured to receive this award and I am sure my father would have been very honoured also. It is a special award and it is very good that they have recognised his work in this way," Abena said.

Chevannes, who took ill recently, died last week at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

His memorial service will take place next Monday at 10 a.m. in the University Chapel, Mona. His body will lie in state from 9-10 a.m. and there will be musical tributes prior to the start of the service.

A condolence book has been opened for Chevannes at the Undercroft of the Senate Building and persons wishing to sign the book may do so from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. today.

The book will be also be available for signing on the day of his funeral.

The Institute of Jamaica is organising a wake to take place at the Undercroft tomorrow, beginning at 6 p.m.

On November 20, the UWI, Mona, will host an evening of tributes and cultural items in the Oriental Gardens, starting at 5:30 p.m. Persons interested in delivering tributes should contact Michael Holgate, acting head, Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, in order to be be scheduled on the programme.