No NAPA funeral for Lord Superior

A plan by Lord Su­pe­ri­or’s fam­i­ly to host his fu­ner­al at the Na­tion­al Acad­e­my for the Per­form­ing Arts has been dashed af­ter the re­quest for the fa­cil­i­ty was de­clined by the Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts.

Dr An­drew Mar­cano, bet­ter known of Lord Su­pe­ri­or, died in New York on No­vem­ber 25. The Rio Claro-born ca­lyp­so leg­end was 79.

Since then his fam­i­ly had been in talks with the min­istry in the hope of hav­ing his memo­r­i­al cer­e­mo­ny at NA­PA.

On Wednes­day, a no­tice was sent from the fam­i­ly that the event would in­deed take place at NA­PA but lat­er in the day the T&T Guardian was in­formed that the late ca­lyp­son­ian's fu­ner­al will take place at his Diego Mar­tin home af­ter the min­istry re­scind­ed per­mis­sion to use NA­PA.

Con­tact­ed on the is­sue, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts Nyan Gads­by-Dol­ly con­firmed the fam­i­ly's re­quest to use NA­PA was de­clined but de­nied per­mis­sion was ever grant­ed for the fa­cil­i­ty to be used for the fu­ner­al.

In a What­sapp mes­sage on Wednes­day evening, Gads­by-Dol­ly told the T&T Guardian, "Per­mis­sion to use NA­PA for the fu­ner­al was not grant­ed, there­fore the is­sue of rescis­sion does not arise. Use of the Sa­van­nah was of­fered but the fam­i­ly de­clined."

Oth­er ac­tiv­i­ties planned for Lord Su­pe­ri­or's re­mem­brance are set to con­tin­ue as planned.

A pub­lic view­ing of his body is set to take place at Bel­groves Fu­ner­al Home & Skif­fle Pan Yard in San Fer­nan­do from 6 to 9 pm to­day.

He is to be buried in his home­town of Rio Claro at 4 pm to­mor­row.

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