PM: Tobago was Robinson’s first love
TRINIDAD and Tobago yesterday said a final goodbye to the “Castara Kid”, former president and prime minister Arthur NR Robinson.
After a five-day State funeral in his honour, Robinson was yesterday laid to rest at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery with full military honours.
The State funeral for Robinson started on Tuesday.
Following a State Ecumenical Service at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain, Robinson’s body was flown to Tobago.
Yesterday another State Ecumenical Service was held in Robinson’s honour at Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet.
Robinson’s body arrived around 9.20 a.m.
Hundreds of people were present at the stadium to say goodbye to Robinson.
Rev Duane Samm was the chief celebrant and Rev Joseph Hepburn delivered the homily.
Seven tributes were delivered in Robinson’s honour, including one from friend of the family Allen Granville, who brought the crowd to their feet with a song in honour of Robinson.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley lauded Robinson’s bravery and morality in public office. He said Robinson had “many opportunities to fall short and there [was] never a finger pointed at him for falling short”.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Robinson lived “a life of tremendous purpose, a life of tremendous achievement and a life of tremendous vision”. She described Robinson as “a true Caribbean man”, saying he showed us you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Persad-Bissessar said during her time as Robinson’s Cabinet colleague, it was clear “Tobago was his first love”.
“Every step he took forward, he did his best to take Tobago forward with him,” she said.
She said Robinson was also not fearful about expressing his love to his wife, Patricia.
He was buried next to her yesterday.
Following the State Ecumenical Service, a private thanksgiving service for the life and legacy of Robinson was held at Scarborough Methodist Church.
The cortege with full military honours then proceeded to Scarborough Methodist Cemetery.
Members of the protective services and national uniformed youth groups lined the route.