Planning for Lynch’s funeral begins

POSTED: 03/31/11 12:05 PM

St. Maarten – Full scale planning of a funeral service for former Commissioner and Island Council Member Edgar Lynch has begun. A committee of relevant government departments has already been put together and will be guided by the protocol on death of sitting and former government officials.

Members of the family visited the new parliament building on Wednesday to discuss arrangements for the tribute session that will be held on Monday. A condolence will also be available to the public from 10:00 a.m. today at the Government Administration Building.

While that is being done tributes continue from across the community extending past the political divide.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams extended condolences to Lynch’s family on behalf of herself and the Council of Ministers. Those condolences also extended to the National Alliance leader William Marlin and the party itself. Lynch has been involved with politics here for many years, starting his political career with the St. Maarten Patriotic Movement, which became the St. Maarten Patriotic Alliance and then morphed into the National Alliance.

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, who is grieving the loss of his mother – Eulalie Meyers – also offered his condolences to the Lynch family. The two men served in the Island Council together from 1999 to 2003 and Meyers remembers him as someone who was quick to call and offer guidance when Meyers made an error, even though he was part of the opposition.

“He was one of the better oppositions. Even now when we look back on meetings of the Island Council and talk about the people who really keep us on our toes as a government one of the names that we consistently come back to is that of Edgar Lynch. St. Maarten has lost a great politician, a great person and a great St. Maartener,” Meyers said.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell also extended her condolences to the Lynch family on on Wednesday during a central committee meeting.

“I extend my condolences to our Ombudsman and the entire family. Know that we all stand with you,” Arrindell said.

Democratic Party faction leader Roy Marlin also offered his condolences Wednesday during a central committee meeting. Marlin had also served in the Island Council with Lynch and remembers him as “a hardworking and dedicated person who wanted to see the best for St. Maarten and who gave the island his best.”

“Not only did he do his best in politics, but he also did his best to chronicle the history of elections here in St. Maarten,” Marlin said.


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