President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will lead her Cabinet in signing the Book of Condolence for the late Ambassador Rudolf P. von Ballmoos, who died on Thursday, December 17 at the Epsom General Hospital in Surrey, London, United Kingdom. He was 56.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Book of Condolence for the late Ambassador will be opened on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the President will sign at 11a.m. President Sirleaf, after signing the Book of Condolence, will be followed by members of her Cabinet.
On the same day, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, members of the Senate, the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives will also sign.
Following the VP and the lawmakers will be the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, former heads and vice heads of state of Liberia and the doyen and members of the diplomatic and consular corps.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, heads of international organizations, former officials of government and religious leaders will end the day’s signing.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, will be the last day for the official signing of the Book of condolence.
On that day, beginning at 11 a.m., heads of public corporations, autonomous agencies, bureaus and commissions will be allowed to sign. They will be followed by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other government officials, leaders of political parties, heads of civil society organizations, business houses and the general public, which will end the official signing ceremony.
Amb. von Ballmoos’ remains will, on Saturday, January 9, 2016, be conveyed under appropriate military escort from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home in Sinkor to the First United Methodist Church on Ashmum Street, where funeral rites will be said. The late Ambassador is expected to be laid to rest at the Kaizer Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.
Ambassador Rudolf P. von Ballmoos, accredited to the Court of Saint James, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, died Thursday, December 17, at the Epsom General Hospital in Surrey, London, U.K.
Ambassador von Ballmoos had served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, The Vatican and the Sovereign Military Hospitalier Order of Malta. He also served as Liberia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana.
He was later transferred from Ghana to the United Kingdom, where he remained until his passing away.
Ambassador von Ballmoos was one of Liberia’s outstanding diplomats who served his country and people with dedication, commitment and loyalty.
The Liberian Embassy in the UK had previously opened a Book of Condolence at the Chancery from 11:00 to 15:00 on Monday and Tuesday, December 21 and 22, 2015.