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PM proposes that primary school be named in honour of Oscar Alen


A proposal will be made to name a primary school in honour of the late Oscar Allen.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, paying tribute to the late political and social activist at his funeral service on August 12, said he thinks the Diamond Primary School should be renamed.

“We have to have some symbol immediately, I would suggest. I would propose to the community in Diamond Village that because of Oscar, who was a teacher, that we ought to name the Diamond Primary School the Oscar Allen Primary School.”

He said he hopes that the community of Diamond agrees, so that they can very quickly put it into place and erect the sign.

Gonsalves noted that there are many persons from Diamond with university education and many more going off, come September, many of whom the late Oscar Allen helped guide towards education.

The Prime Minister said Allen embraced the education revolution, though he critically pointed out its possibilities but also its limitations.

At the funeral service, which took place at the Kingstown Methodist Church, tributes also came from Cecil Ryan, Leroy Providence, Luzette King, Burns Bonadie, Renwick Rose, the Methodist Preachers’ Association and Bishop Hank Williams on the saxophone.

The eulogy was delivered by Simeon Greene, Ronnie Daniel and Cheryl Johnson. The scripture readings were done by Unoma Allen, Oscar’s niece; Cylena Andrews, another niece; and Allan Philogene, his nephew. The Gospel was read by Rev Victor Jobe and the sermon delivered by Rev Adolf Davis. The service was also officiated by Rev Serna Samuel and Rev Adrian Odle.

Allen’s only daughter, Keisha Toby, was unable to contain her grief and could be seen being comforted by family members. She was scheduled to deliver a poem, but said that she was unable to put pen to paper.(JWC)