SAC Connection to Lt.-Gov. tribute
Posted: October 22, 2012
SAC’s Drum Sergeant, Graeme Allison ’13 and Mitchell Arnold ’09, former Pipe Major, were part of yesterday’s funeral procession at Queen’s Park for Ontario’s former lieutenant-governor.
As members of the Toronto Police Pipe grade 3 band, Graeme and Mitchell had the honour of marching-in the casket carrying the body of Ontario’s 24th lieutenant governor, Lincoln Alexander. His body will lie in state today at the provincial legislature in Toronto.
“It was a great honour to be a part of the funeral ceremony,” said Graeme. “It was an exceptional last salute to an exceptional man.”
Mr. Alexander died Friday at the age of 90. He served as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor from 1985-1991, focusing on youth and education. Mr. Alexander had many groundbreaking firsts: first black Member of Parliament, first black federal cabinet minister and Ontario’s first black lieutenant-governor.
On Tuesday his casket will be transported to his hometown of Hamilton where he will lie in repose until Thursday. A state funeral for Mr. Alexander is set for Friday at Hamilton Place.