Former Governor General, Sir Frederick Ballantyne speaks at the swearing-in of his successor, Susan Dougan at Government House on Aug. 1, 2019. (iWN photo)

Former Governor-General Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, who died today (Thursday), age 83, will be accorded a state funeral next Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Office of the Prime Minister has announced.

Official viewing of the body will be held on Wednesday at the House of Assembly from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, the Cabinet Secretary said in a statement.

Officials will be invited to the viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the general public from 11 a.m. to noon.

The funeral service is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, at the Kingstown Methodist Church. 

Viewing will be from 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m.  Interment will be at the Kingstown Cemetery.

As a mark of respect, all flags throughout the state will be flown at half-mast until the day of the state funeral.

The cabinet secretary said that Sir Frederick’s family has requested that there be no taking of photographs of the body during the periods of viewing.

“The Government takes this opportunity to extend sincere condolences to the family of the late Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, GCMG, MD,” the statement said.

Sir Frederick died at his home on Thursday morning, a mere five months after demitting office as St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ longest-serving head of state. 

His death comes just under two weeks after Gonsalves, speaking on Jan. 12, asked for prayers for the then-ailing leader, who was in hospital.

Sir Frederick, a retired cardiologist, served as Governor-General from Sept. 2, 2002 until July 31, 2019.

In July 2019, Gonsalves announced that Sir Frederick had indicated a desire to demit office, for health reasons.

Susan Dougan, a retired educator and former Cabinet Secretary, succeeded him, taking up the post on Aug. 1, 2019.

11 replies on “Sir Frederick to be buried in state funeral on Wednesday”

  1. Dr B was simply the best that humanity can offer, The world was a better place because of him,His leadership and guidance will be sorely missed.

  2. The psalmist reminds us, that death is the destiny of all man and we the living must take it to heart.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. Evel Fernandez says:

    He was a good man…..it will be a big loss for St Vincent and he will be missed by a lot of Vincentians. RIP Dr Ballantyne from Evel Fernandez

  4. RIP sir frederick I had the opportunity knowing him when he was a young doctor in calliaqua . What a nice gentleman .

  5. A dear friend and brother to me and so many more. Additional words fail me. May God grab him and embrace him until he returns.

  6. Ann-Marie Bullock says:

    Dr. Ballantine was a genuine and true soul who went beyond to help anyone who reached out to him. He gave sound advice and he was a very humble man. He possessed all the qualities to be Govenor General. We know your soul will be resting in peace with the Lord. Our condolences to His dear wife and children.

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