The funeral of former Prime Minister of Dominica Mr. Patrick Roland John will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
In accordance with the Cabinet decision of July 31, 2001, the Late Patrick Roland John, being a former Prime Minister, shall be accorded a State Funeral.
As such, Cabinet has directed a three (3) day period of mourning beginning Monday, September 27 to Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to be observed. The Dominican flag shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the state on the official days of mourning.
Mr. Patrick Roland John served as Dominica’s first Prime Minister from November 3, 1978 to June 21, 1979 after leading the island to political independence from Great Britain. Prior to independence, Mr. John served as Premier of Dominica from July 26, 1974 to November 3, 1978.
Further details of the lying in state, funeral and burial will be provided in a subsequent statement.