Rogers’ official funeral to be held tomorrow

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The remains of former labour commissioner, businessman and philanthropist Calvin Antonio Rogers, OM, who passed away last week after a short period of illness, will be laid to rest tomorrow at the St George’s Anglican Church burial grounds.

At the final request of Rogers, who attended the Cathedral of St John the Divine, the official funeral service will be held at St George’s beginning at 10 am.

Chair of the Official Funeral Planning Committee Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro yesterday said that final preparations will be made today at a meeting.

“Flags are to be flown at half mast as a sign of respect on the day of the funeral. He will get a three-volley gun salute and will be interred there,” Dr Quinn-Leandro said.

Tributes will be done by the Masonic Lodge, an organisation to which Rogers belonged, as well as by the Minister of Finance and the Professional Organisation for Women in Antigua & Barbuda (POWA), an organisation he was instrumental in starting.

“One of the lessons will be read by the prime minister and the eulogy will be done by Dr Reginald Alford Walwyn, one of Mr Rogers’ close friends,” the chairperson added.

Reverend Dean Rudolph Smithen will officiate the funeral service.

The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda made the decision shortly after Rogers’ death to accord him with an official funeral for his sterling service in the field of air services.

Rogers was also acknowledged for his contributions as president and member of the Antigua & Barbuda Chamber of Commerce, Antigua Employers Federation, the Police Service Commission and the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission.

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