The Government of Dominica afforded the late Dermot Eustace McNair Southwell, 80, former parliamentarian, an Official Funeral on Monday, July 30, 2018.
The Official Funeral Service took place on at the Bethesda Methodist Church followed by interment at the Roseau Public Cemetery.
Southwell was born in Montserrat on December 24, 1937. He attended the Dominica Grammar School and then went on to pursue studies in Airport Management and Administration in London and Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations in Trinidad.
In 1990, Mr. Southwell was appointed as a Government Senator in Parliament by then Prime Minister the late Dame Mary Eugenia Charles. On June 01, 1990 he was appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, a position he held till June, 1995.
He was deeply involved in community development and served on various boards and committees. At the time of his death he was serving as Chairman of the Integrity in Public Office Commission.
Mr. Southwell served for a number of years as Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee. He was also a former Chairman of the Dominica Air and Seaports Authority and Managing Director of J. Astaphans & Company.
He is survived by his wife Alison and five children Gillian, Wendy, Karen, Deanne and Dermot.