Sir Derek Alton Walcott to Receive State Funeral

Press Release:-Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday March 17, 2017, is to receive a state funeral.

 The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia.

This highest national honour, normally reserved for heads of state and government, has been conferred on Sir Derek out of respect for his exceptional contribution to the literary and artistic legacy of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the world.

The funeral of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, artist, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, will take place at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the City of Castries, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 2:00PM.

Prior to the funeral, the body of the late Sir Derek will lie in state in Parliament, with public viewing from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.  

Given the anticipated attendance of numerous fellow artists, foreign dignitaries and officials, arrangements are also being made for a live public screening of the funeral service at the Derek Walcott Square.

It has also been confirmed that Sir Derek will be laid to rest at Morne Fortune, near the Inniskilling Monument, a site vested in the Saint Lucia National Trust and within close proximity of fellow Laureate, Sir Arthur Lewis.  

Preceding the state funeral, an evening of tribute and celebration will be held on Friday, March 24th, at the National Cultural Centre, starting at 7:00PM.  

This event is open to the public will be hosted by the Cultural Development Foundation.

 It will include readings, recitations and performances by local and visiting artists, writers and musicians.


  1. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    RIP.He should be laid to rest in the park named after him.

  2. Anthony Joseph
    March 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Exactly. Why not? Bury the man in his yard named after him.

  3. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Now the National Trust and the Prime Minister should bury the hatchet in respect for the passing of Sir Derek and should quietly resolve their differences over the Dolphin Park. The National Trust was disrespected first when they were approached to have a Dolphin Park on Pigeon Island so the members reciprocated at that heated Saturday meeting. The investors can find another location for the dolphin park if they do their research. So Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Tulsie will smoke the pipe of peace since a new location will be identified soon.

  4. 100% born Lucian
    March 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Give Jack his jacket cus he deserves and earned it. But more could av been done for him while he was alive. We always honor people when they’re dead.