Funeral set for Ja scholar

Professor
Rex Nettleford’s body has been cremated in the United
States and the ashes are to be transported to Jamaica
for an official funeral next Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, (UWI), Professor E. Nigel Harris, will accompany
the remains home later this week.

Nettleford’s
funeral will take place at the University Chapel, Mona campus, at 10 a.m.

Olivia
Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture, made the disclosure during a
press conference at the UWI in St Andrew yesterday.

Condolence
books will also be opened in honour of Nettleford at locations to be announced.

According
to Grange, the Government has taken the position that, although the funeral is
official, the activities will be collaborative, accommodating the wishes of persons
who were closely affiliated with the cultural icon.

As
part of the events to give tribute to Nettleford, business will be suspended in
Parliament next Tuesday to accommodate tributes from members. Former Prime
Ministers P.J. Patterson and Edward Seaga will be among persons to make their
contributions at that time.

The
UWI is spearheading the planning of all the activities to celebrate, recognise
and pay tribute to the renowned son of Jamaica.

A
grand cultural jamboree is also being planned for Thursday, the ninth day since
Nettleford’s death. This celebration will be held at the Ranny Williams
Entertainment Centre.

Nettleford
died last Tuesday at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC,
days after suffering a heart attack on January 27.