Kingston Gleaner

August 15, 1977

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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1977, Kingston, Kingston Goad times ling CTMR IRAPEFRUIT DRINK ESTABLISHED 18S4 TWENTY-FlVE CENTS CXLHI No. KINGSTON. JAMAICA. AUGUST 1977. SIXTEEN PAGES 4 Thousands pay finaf tribute to a hero... FAREWELL ARCHBISHOP MAKES STIRRING UNITY PLEA JAMAICA BURIED ITS GREAT NATIONAL the Right Excellent Alexander yester- day afternoon with solemnity and as thousands turned out to pay their final tribute to the people's champion. ALEXANDER LI Ladies took A massive procession through the streets of King- from the Holy Trinity Cathedral where the funeral service was to National Heroes where die remains of the great man were buried in the Place of Heroes.- was the high point of the State Funeral which the nation accorded Ai the huge body oi and massed bands moved along North down up Duke Street and into Manchester the mood was one of a people united in sharing a common sorrow and sense of loss. That unity was no better exemplified then by the sight of the Prime the Hon. Michael UanJey. walking beside the casket while oo the other side wafted the Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Edward Seaga both united in pay- ing their last homage to the National Hero. And. in an inspired utterance. The Most Reverend Sam- uel Carter. Roman Catholic Archbishop of who conducted the funeral made in the name of Sir Alex- ander an impassioned plea for unity in the land. Delivering his homily in praise of the Arch- bishop Carter gave expression to a from Sir Alexander. The my beloved my cousin Norman and I. both of jus like Moses and have led you forth from bondage across the Red across the desert into a land of freedom. Yes. -we have gained for you politi- cal we have made you into a nation OUT of one people my you are no longer one you arc divided. There is too much violence between J.L.P. and P.N.P. It is full time to stop it. Every maor has the right to join the party of his choice and to.'livr in peace and to earn his bread. Stop it. I say. Remember there arc no L.P. bananas. The fru.r of the land tor ill. Let tne people of Kema and Concrete let all Jamaicans like trot brothers and join hands and and work togeth- er to build a united a great little There was a stir in the capacity congregation in the huge cathedral as the stirring words came out. Many who them were clearly moved by their dramatic appeal. Mur- mured sounds of could be heard. Maintaining thr mood of the tribute paid by the Rt. Hon Hugh Shearer in his Rememberance was elo- queni and moving Speaking with deep he spoke of the many qualities which made the late National Hero an outstanding Jamaican. We shall remember him and give thanks unique rfmong men. his rare existence touched upon Our own. For lie was. no ordinary man. we bring the era of Bustamantr 10 a sacrrd the nation commends his Me. his and his ideals to the scribes of history. And in ihe Almighty we commend his unquenchable spirit.' Mr Shearer ended Ills mbuic After its one-mile journey through the city which were lined by onlook- many under the procession ended in the as the echoes of the 93-gnn salute one .for each of Sir Alexander's yean of life died 'away. As dusk began to the last rites were and the body of the National Hero laid to rest. THE The flag-draped gun carriage bearing the body of Sir Alexander Bnstamante is drawn along North Street by a JDF Land Rover. led at left by Prime Minister the Hon. Michael Manley and at right by Opposition Leader Mr. Edward flank the escorted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force. The umbrellas of onlookers telling of the pouring rain. The only ear in the procession carried Lady Bustamante and Miss Edith Nelson at the head of the family mourners. Ladv Btmamante to whom both ihr Archbishop and Mr. Shearer marie affectionaie reference filled her role as chief mour ner grace and dignity. Sratedf in front of a group whichj included the Leader of thr Opposition and his wifr. she was a serene fig- sharing the final moments of her famous hus- band 5 glory Then at thr end of the STMce. in which all the reli gious bodies of Jamaica took part in another nation- al gesture of thr grrai procession went on its way. The scarlet tunics of the Jamaica Defence who were on trans formed the march into a colourful one of the most impressive seen in the island for many years. At the the flag draped casket rode on .a gun-carriage with the offi cial headed by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the walking beside i'. the altar A TOUCHING YET simple pan of the ceremony yesterday was the Procession of Gifts to the Altar as pan of the Liturgy'of the Eucharist. As the splendid Jamaica Folk singers sing the offerstory Lady Bustamante elegant in her long clack dress and matching black accessories and veiled led a group of six close intimates all with the gifts. They were Miss Ena private secretary to Sir Alex- ander at the Miss Lynette Beckford of the B.I.T.U. who volunteered to the Jast five months looking after Sir Mrs. Vie long-time friend of the Chief and Lady Mrs. Evelyn Sangster a- protege of the Mrs. Effie Lakasingh. devoted nurse of the and Mrs. Mary McFarlanc. physiotherapist to Sir Alex- ander for last ten years. It was a symbol of the hundreds who wanted to take pan in the Mass that Lady Bustaffiante was the only comrnunkant. The.Archibishop went to her place and offered her the sym- bols of Christ's body in holy cnmaunion. Lady Bustamante and Miss Edith Nelson of the B.I.T.U. travelled together in the family car to the -cathedral .and' after- wards to the National Heroes Park. They sat id the front row facing east along with Ronald Irvine Alexander's per- sonal and Mrs. Irvine. Behind them were Mr. and Mrs. Edward .Seaga. Mr. Hqgh Shearer and others. The Prime his mother-and Mrs. Michael Manley arrived soon after Mr. and Mrs. Seaga. The bipartisan crowd cheered both leaders on arrival as they did Mr. .and the last person to arrive Lady Bustamame. v Just after the body was and incensed fcy the Arch- the Folk Singers hegsnCoving Sir Alexaniler's favour- was the LDfy of the Of hymn said wants to know who Jews but to thi thousands of JLP in the crowd outside this was Busta's campaign song wants to know wh.o Busta is. He's the lilly of .the No. just a warm and endearing memory. It was interesting to see two former JLP chairmen standing waiting while it rained outside church. They were Mrs. Rose who left the JLP and later became a P.N'P Minister and Mr. E. C. L. Parkinson who retired from politics. A WIDOWS WREATH laid by Lady Bustamante in the final rite the grave ol Sir Alexander Bratamonte in National Park yesterday as mourners watch from the background. DEEPFEEUNG INCHURCH UNITED IN Prime Minister the Hon. Michteal Manley and Leader of the Opposition Mr. Edward Seaga leave the Holy Trinity Cathedral after the funeral at the head of the Pall- bearers. They walked together on each side of the bier on the gun as the procession wound its way to the National Heroes Park. Behind is Mr. L. G. another pall-bearer. WHO WILL BE NEXT A multitude oi mour- ners followed Bus- tamante to his grave yes- terday in a funeral procession of solemn grandeur and- moving majesty. A massed military band led the slow march along the mile-long route to Heroes Park from where a gun salute was fired for each of the 93 yean Sir Alexander had lived. The procession moved from the Holy Trinity Cathedral at first in pour- ing rain west along North then down East along Sutton up Duke Street and into Manchester Square and the southern entrance to National Heroes Park. The rain had eased by the time the procession had turned south down East Street. It left the flag-drap- ed casket as wet as the marching mourners and the honours and insignias won by Sir Alexander borne by five Officers of the Jamaica Defence Force following the gun carriage. At the earliest stages a group marched at the tag end in disarray will follow Bustamante till we Those who waited on Duke Street sang hymns in the shadow of B.I T.U. headquarters where a mas- sive banner across the facade of the building pro- Bus- tamanie. We shall always Perched on a wall across the two old women wept as the gun carriage passed. One wrung her on Page Col. Yesterday's funeral serv- ice for the late National the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bus- was marked by deep feeling and colour. It was also one in which the clergy from all denomina- tions and people of all colour and age groups packed and overfilled the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cathedral to observe the last rites for 'a dead Hero. From as early as noon See Page 6 for more pictures and more pictures tomor- row. they began to file into the church an hour before the service was due to begin I at 3.30 the cathedral was filled. In that large congrega- tion. headed by the Cover- the Most Hon. Florizel Glasspole. and Mrs. and by the Prime the Hon. Michael and Mrs. were leaden of the Members of die the Leader of the Mr. Edward Mem- bers of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of over- seas trade and leaders of the professions. Lady a sad figure robed in full sat on Page IS. Col. BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS With full military the Kt. Excel- lent Sir Alexander Bustamame. National Urn. and first Prime Minister of wji buried yesterday evening on Avenue of Heroes in National Heroes Park. Kingston. His body was laid to rest within two chains of his political oppo- nent and National the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley. and one chain south-west of the nation's War Memorial. Tens of thousands of people drawn from every section of the island's social dignitaries representing foreign and hundreds of people from various local organi- zations throughout the the the old. the lame and the able-bodied were at the park 10 pay homage 10 the Heavy rain which started evefi before the funeral service began at the Holy Trinity Cathedral at North had little effect on the throng that had begun gathering in the park from early morning. Those without umbrellas or newspapers to put over their stood their ground and were soaked to the skin. The rain moments before the flag-draped coffin was drawn into the 'park on a gun-carriage and the final rites were performed under an overcast sky. The mourners came from the parish of Hanover where Sir Alexander was from the plains of St. from the sugar belts of Clarendon and St. from the banana fields of Portland. St. Thomas and St. from the cool hills of Manchester and and from tourist resort of St. James. They came from hills of St. and from the ghettos of the Corporate Area. They came by irain. cars. They rode bicycles. All came to pay final tribute to their Hero. Radio broadcasts of excerpts from Sir Alexanders long and colourful life were relayed through loud-speakers set up in the park from early and as the mour- ners commented among themselves about the greatness of the The crowd swelled as thousands more on the park. They sat in crowded into the Ministry of Education building. Some even climbed the York Park Fire Brigade as every available van- tage point in sight. The crowd became hushed as the relay ol the funeral service b'egan over the loundspea- kers. Confined behind police they on Page IS. Col. What will she If she looks at your Gift and doesn't see the Swiss Stores Hallmark... She may think that you didn't care enough to make sura your gift 'was 1QOJ6 .genuine. 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