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Bahamas bids farewell to Sir Clement
By Kathryn Campbell, BIS
Oct 15, 2009 - 11:29:38 AM

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The casket bearing the body of former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Clement T Maynard, is taken from the House of Assembly for the State Funeral services at Christ Church Cathedral. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

Nassau, Bahamas Sir Clement Travelyan Maynard, former Deputy Prime Minister, was remembered as “a committed family man, an outstanding churchman, and an exemplary statesman” during State Funeral services in his honor on Wednesday at Christ Church Cathedral  

Governor-General, His Excellency Arthur D Hanna and Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham led official mourners.  

Also paying respect were parliamentarians, senators, members of the judiciary, the religious community, public officers, and representatives of the uniformed branches including the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Customs, Immigration, Road Traffic Department, and Her Majesty’s Prison.  

Sir Clement, 81, died on Friday, October 2. He is survived by his wife Zoe; and children Dr Peter Desmond, Senator the Hon Allyson Maynard-Gibson, David Michael, and Clement Roland III . A son, Clement Roland Julian, pre-deceased him.  

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Sir Clement Maynard’s flag draped coffin is carried by Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force pall bearers following a State Funeral at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

The three-hour service in his honor was conducted by Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Rt Rev Laish Boyd.  

Also officiating were the Most Rev Drexel Gomez, the Rt Rev Gilbert Thompson, the Rev Stephen Davies, the Rev Dr James Moultrie, the Rev Dwight Bowe, and the Rev Canon John Clarke.  

Sir Clement’s body, laid out in a Bahamian-made coffin, draped in the national colors, was placed on a catafalque and taken by official pallbearers and a color party of Police and Defence Force officers in procession to the Eastern Cemetery, Dowdeswell Street, where it was interred.  

Sir Clement’s political career began when he was appointed Government Leader in the Senate in 1967.  He served in the Senate for 15 months.  

He was first elected to the House of Assembly on April 10, 1968 and re-elected in September 1972, July 1977, June 1982, June 1987 and August 1992.  

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Queens College students line the route to to bid farewell to Sir Clement T Maynard, former Deputy Prime Minister, following State Funeral services at Christ Church Cathedral. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

Sir Clement served in a number of ministerial capacities. They included Minister without portfolio from January 18, 1967 to February 20, 1968; Minister of State from February 21, 1968 to April 16, 1968; Minister of Works from April 17, 1968 to October 13, 1969; Minister of Tourism and Telecommunications from October 14, 1969 to November 30, 1971.  

He has had continuous cabinet membership from January 18, 1967 to August 18, 1992 and has served as deputy leader of the Progressive Liberal Party from 1984 to 1992. He retired from active politics in 1997.  

Prime Minister Ingraham described Sir Clement as a national figure, a patriot, a trade unionist, and a nation builder.  

He said Sir Clement served with “distinction” in both Houses of Parliament for thirty years having been elected on six consecutive occasions and held continuous membership in Cabinet for 25 years.  

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David Maynard son of the late Sir Clement T Maynard and Tatyanna Maynard, granddaughter, paid tribute in song. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

“All these accomplishments account in some measure for our gathering here today, but it was his accomplishments as a man that made so many love an respect him.  

“I am honored for the opportunity to pay tribute and to record how this man of humble origin reached the pinnacle of political success while never losing sight of what he considered most important – his church, his family and the Bahamian people,” the Prime Minister said.  

Also giving tributes were the Hon Perry Christie, Leader of the Opposition; Senator Maynard-Gibson, daughter,  Jason Maynard, grandson;  Zoe Gibson, granddaughter; and Edward Maynard, Sr,  brother.  

Hundreds of viewers joined by tourists lined the route of the procession that went first from the House of Assembly to Christ Church.

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Rev Dwight Bowe, of the Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, reads the Gospel during the State Funeral held for Sir Clement T Maynard, former Deputy Prime Minister, at Christ Church Cathedral. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

Parliamentary pallbearers were the Hon Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Hon O A T ‘Tommy’ Turnquest, Minister of National Security; Sen the Hon Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labor and Social Development; the Hon Charles Maynard, Minister of State for Culture; Sen the Hon Allyson-Maynard Gibson, leader of the Opposition in the Senate; Mrs Cynthia Pratt, MP; Fred Mitchell, MP; and Dr Bernard Nottage, MP.



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The family

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