State funeral for Sir George today - Solomon Star News

State funeral for Sir George today

29 December 2014

THE state funeral for the Late Sir George Lepping will take place today.

Sir George died on Christmas Eve after a long illness.

The late Sir George was Governor General from July 7th 1998 to 6th July 1994.

The funeral programme will begin with the viewing of the body of the late Sir George from 8am to 11am at his family residence in Rove, Honiara.

This will be followed by a requiem mass at the Catholic Holy Cross Cathedral from 2:00pm to 4:30pm after which the body will be taken to the Police Patrol Boat base for transportation to his home village in the Shortland Islands, Western Province, for burial.

Prior to his tenure as Governor General, the late Sir George served as the Director of Rural Development Project and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

After completing his term as Governor General, the late Sir George became an active member of the People’s Alliance Party and this saw him appointed as Chief Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister Sir Alan Kemakeza’s from 2001 to 2006.

From August 2007 up until the time of his death, Sir George served as the Chair to the Eminent Persons Advisory Council (EPAC) which plays an advisory role to Constitutional Reform Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The late Sir George is survived by his wife, Lady Margaret, two sons, four daughters and several grandchildren.