The Government of Dominica has accorded the late Dr. Alwin Bully an official funeral.
Prime Minister Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement at his bi-weekly press conference on Monday, March 13 2023.
Mr. Bully passed away n Friday March 10 2023, at the age of seventy four after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
The Prime Minister expressed his condolences to the family of the late Dr. Alwin Bully describing him as an honorable man.
“I wish to take this opportunity to once again express my condolences and that of my cabinet colleagues to the family of Mr. Alwin Bully who passed on Friday. Mr. Alwin Bully was an exemplary citizen, a kind and humble soul, who demonstrated profound love and commitment to Dominica, its people and culture. Through his work as a cultural administrator, both in Dominica and in the region, he helped engender a deep appreciation for our customs and our traditions. His legacy is all around us, in the National Flag he designed in 1978 as Dominica gained its Independence from Great Britain. It is truly one of the most beautiful flags in the world, which incorporated aspects of Dominica’s natural features, and the spirit character and values of our people,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.
Prime Minister Skerrit spoke of the profound impact Dr. Alwin Bully had on the preservation and promotion of cultural art forms in Dominica and the region by extension.
“The Cultural Division, he established providing a structured approach to the promotion and development of our cultural art forms. The many national organizations which he spearheaded including the National Cultural Council, the Dominica Artists Guild, the Writers Guild, the Carnival Organizing Committee, Kommité pou Etid Kwéyòl, several of which continue to function today. To honour his proud legacy, the Government of Dominica will bestow an official funeral for recognizing his contribution to our country; this was offered to his wife and she graciously accepted. All flags will be flown at half-staff for two days that is the day immediately preceding his burial and the day of his burial. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
The late Dr. Alwin Bully was a renowned artist, playwright, short story writer and cultural advisor who made significant contributions to Dominica. He was the recipient of the Sisserou’s Award of Honour from the Government of Dominica in 1985 for the design of the national flag, the Golden Drum Award in 1997 and the UWI Sixtieth Anniversary Award for outstanding contribution to culture in Dominica and the Caribbean among many other accolades.
The Government Information service expresses our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Dr. Alwin Bully.