Seaga’s home

Lieutenant Colonel Denston Smalling, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) chaplain, leads the members of the JDF carrying the casket bearing the body of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga to a waiting hearse as his wife, children and members of Government, who were among those in the receiving line, look on yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The body, which arrived aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight, touched down at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston at approximately 6:07 pm yesterday, where it was received by his family members and government officials.

The former prime minister died at a hospital in the United States on his birthday, May 28, after a battle with cancer.

The former Member of Parliament for Kingston Western is to be accorded a state funeral.

A deeply saddened Culture Minister Olivia Grange, who was among a large contingent of Jamaica Labour Party officials, told the members of the media that an announcement is to be made today about the activities leading up to Seaga’s funeral.

But yesterday, as the aircraft carrying the late former prime minister’s body landed on the tarmac, some of the relatives and close friends of the prolific statesman huddled together in grief while others cried openly.

A short while after, the coffin bearing Seaga’s body was removed from the cargo section of the aeroplane, on which his wife Carla and daughter Gabrielle were also passengers.