The body of the Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, arrived in the country yesterday afternoon, July 31, at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County. Senior members of President Sirleaf’s cabinet turned out in their numbers to receive the body and accompany it to the Stryker Funeral Parlor, pending funeral arrangements.
Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23 at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.
In a brief homily to the many family and friends gathered at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Chapel, Rev. Charles O. Diggs, Director of Administration of the Providence Baptist Church, encouraged the bereaved family, President Sirleaf and others to take solace in the Lord as they go through their period of bereavement. He used a famous hymn entitled “It is well with my soul” to console the bereaved and described the fallen Minister as a dedicated public servant that performed his role well.