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Hundreds gather to receive body of Montserrat’s former C.M. John A. Osborne

Residents look on as the body of the former chief minister of Montserrat Dr. John A. Osborne is escorted from the Little Bay port

A 16-man contingent from the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), accompanied the body of the former chief minister. They arrived at 7:15pm at Little Bay as hundreds of residents watched.  Family members, Chief Minister Reuben Meade and His Excellency the Governor Peter Waterworth were on hand to join the procession behind the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) and the Royal Montserrat Police Force (RMPF).

The Office of the Chief Minister organized a candlelight vigil to honor Dr. Osborne while awaiting the ferry’s arrival. The evening’s proceedings was chaired by head of the Montserrat Christian Council Father Viphius, with music by the Faith Tabernacle Choir, Florence Weekes and Flora Martin. There were tributes from many including Ms. Annemarie Dewar and remarks from Chief Minister Meade and Dr. Osborne’s daughter Shirley Osborne.

Members of the family watch

The family chose to bring the body home by sea as Dr. Osborne was a boat builder and shipper and loved being on and near the ocean.

Following the arrival, the body was escorted by members of the ADF, the RMDF and the RMPF to the mortuary at the Glendon Hospital where it will be kept under 24-hour honor guard until the Official Funeral Service on Friday, January 21, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

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Residents look on as the body of the former chief minister of Montserrat Dr. John A. Osborne is escorted from the Little Bay port

A 16-man contingent from the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), accompanied the body of the former chief minister. They arrived at 7:15pm at Little Bay as hundreds of residents watched.  Family members, Chief Minister Reuben Meade and His Excellency the Governor Peter Waterworth were on hand to join the procession behind the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) and the Royal Montserrat Police Force (RMPF).

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The Office of the Chief Minister organized a candlelight vigil to honor Dr. Osborne while awaiting the ferry’s arrival. The evening’s proceedings was chaired by head of the Montserrat Christian Council Father Viphius, with music by the Faith Tabernacle Choir, Florence Weekes and Flora Martin. There were tributes from many including Ms. Annemarie Dewar and remarks from Chief Minister Meade and Dr. Osborne’s daughter Shirley Osborne.

Members of the family watch

The family chose to bring the body home by sea as Dr. Osborne was a boat builder and shipper and loved being on and near the ocean.

Following the arrival, the body was escorted by members of the ADF, the RMDF and the RMPF to the mortuary at the Glendon Hospital where it will be kept under 24-hour honor guard until the Official Funeral Service on Friday, January 21, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.