Charles Alexander Maynard’s funeral
Ambassador Charles Maynard, former public servant, businessman, politician, parliamentarian and diplomat who served as a minister under the Freedom party Government and under the Labour Party as Ambassador at CARICOM and OECS level, was being given a state funeral on Tuesday afternoon.
The many locals and dignitaries at the service seemed to agree that his life was “a life well lived” as many wept in their moment of sorrows and others reminisced about the good times.
Bishop Gabriel Malzaire says that Mr. Maynard was highly respected to the point where the public referred to him as the “pope”. In addition he says that is rather impossible that Mr. Maynard will be forgotten.
Mr. Maynard took on any tasks with the zeal of a crusader. Those who worked closely with him relate that he would call them very early in the morning to discuss some idea that dawned on him the night before.
Many said he always had a listening ear for everyone, and guided those who sought his advice to discover the potential within themselves and to grasp the possibilities for self advancement available to them, rather than to sit and complain.
In addition, Mr. Maynard did not hesitate to respond to requests or to share his wide knowledge on matters of faith. Whether the call came from Capuchin or the Carib Territory, he would be eager to move.
Among the dignitaries who turned up at the St Alphonsus Church in the capital for Tuesday afternoon’s official farewell to Ambassador Maynard was CARCOM Secretary General, Dominican-born Irwin LaRocque.
Ambassador Maynard died on May 8 (2012) – he had been ailing for a number of months, having fallen ill at a diaspora consultation held by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his Cabinet at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau late last year.