ANGUILLA–The casket of former Chief Minister Sir Emile Gumbs was driven around the entire island on Wednesday, May 23. Everywhere it was greeted by persons lining the streets and as it passed the schools the children waved flags and sang. The casket arrived at the Parliamentary Building at 11:00am and was taken into the Courthouse where he will lie in state in order for persons to visit until the time of the funeral tomorrow, Friday, May 25.
All current elected members, former members and others gave tributes. Many spoke of his humility, his honesty and that he was committed to the overall development of the island. He was praised for his contribution to the tourism industry of Anguilla that started during his time. Some spoke of his strength of character, his compassion and concern for the people and his nobility and kindness. He was also praised for his ability to mix with all persons and listen to their concerns. Others spoke of his time as a sailor and the many stories he told and of his keen interest in boat racing and all that he contributed to that sport.
All speakers offered sincere condolences to the wife and family of Sir Emile.