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President, CJ say goodbye to Smart
Legal luminaries, ministers, family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say a final farewell to a man described as a man "who built up his community and society by being there for people." President Anthony Carmona, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, ambassador extraordinary Mervyn Assam, Arima MP Rodger Samuel, Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah and various media personalities were among those in attendance. Smart, a former chief state solicitor, died last Monday at 96.
At a service in celebration of Smart's life yesterday at St Finbar's RC Church, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin, he was remembered by officiating priest Fr Thomas Lawson as a man of God who valued family. There were no tributes done by family, friends or dignitaries. Only Lawson spoke about Smart during the homily, honouring his distinguished life. Smart was the father of 12 children, among them former attorney general Anthony Smart during the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) government.
The packed congregation lifted its voice as songs of praise and worship were sung in his memory. Lawson in his homily said Smart was a great man who believed that the way to build up society was by being there for others. Smart never lost sense of where he came from, Lawson said. In celebrating his life, Lawson attributed the violence and anger in the country to the fact that people were losing hope, which he said was not particular to T&T.
He asked the congregation to think of what they could do to make the country better. He urged those in the congregation to look to Smart’s life as an example. Lawson said the change should happen within families. Smart attended St Mary’s College with the likes of Ulric Cross, former diplomat and war hero, who died earlier this year, and first president of the country Sir Ellis Clarke.
He was a pillar in the Belmont community. During his distinguished career he founded Gittens, Smart and Co. He also worked in the public service until his retirement in 1976. In 1977 he was given the Medal of Merit (Gold) for his contribution to public service. He was laid to rest at the family’s plot in Lapeyrouse Cemetery.
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