PRESS RELEASE FUNERAL SERVICE OF DERYCK MILTON ALEXANDER BERNARD People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana February 12, 2008

On Monday, February 11, 2008, Mr. Deryck Milton Alexander Bernard, former Minister of Education was laid to rest at the Church of God Cemetery at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. The funeral service took place at the Trinity Methodist Church at High and Leopold Streets, Georgetown. Those in attendance were Government Officials, Parliamentarians, officials of the Diplomatic Corps, members and staff from the PNCR, the Queen’s College Old Students Association, the University of Guyana and many other organizations to which Mr. Bernard was either affiliated or a direct member, family members and church associates, in addition to the many persons seated in the churchyard.

Many touching tributes were heard where he was described as a dedicated scholar, leader, musician, mentor, writer, lecturer, colleague, politician, husband and father. Tributes included those from the Methodist Church, Prime Minister Sam Hinds on behalf of the Government of Guyana, Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP on behalf of the People’s National Congress Reform, the University of Guyana, The Queen’s College Old Student’s Association, Mr. Christopher Ram on behalf of the classmates of the Hugh Wooding Law School, Ms. Thandai Mc Allister on behalf of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement and his daughters, Denyse and Ayanna who for them was “the best Daddy in the whole world”.

The Eulogy was read by his brother, Gerald Bernard, who recounted and reflected on the intellectual development of Deryck’s outstanding life. There were the reading of scriptures, singing of musical renditions and prayers after which a sermon was given by Reverend Barrington Litchmore. After the Commendation of Deryck Bernard’s soul, the casket was carried out of the church by the Leader of the PNCR, Mr. Robert Corbin and other officials of the Party to the hearse to be taken to the Plaisance Church of God Cemetery for burial.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
February 12, 2008