Tribute to Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon

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Mrs. E. Massah Carlon, wife of the deceased;

Children of the deceased;

Members of the bereaved family;

Madam President and present and past officials of Government;

Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and other members of the Clergy;

Distinguished Fellow Liberians:

As Dean of the Cabinet, I have often been given the somber responsibility of paying tribute on behalf of the President and Government to the memory of some of our finest sons and daughters, people who throughout their life spared no moment to demonstrate diligence, patriotism and integrity. And each time we have to pay tribute to a fallen statesman or stateswoman, we feel a sense of overwhelming grief as we struggle to find answers to the questions, “Why him?”, “Why her?”, “Why now? But the consolation we get comes from believing that God who has the power to give liberally also has the power to take at will.

We can mourn for it is proper to do so, but we must not question the Almighty God for He knows best. In the passing of Honorable Dr. Simeon Jabaru Carlon, our country mourns a devoted patriot; the Unity Party mourns a stalwart leader,; his wife and children will forever miss a loving and faithful father and husband; his family and friends nurse profound grief, and the people of Grand Cape Mount County have lost an eminent son.

Honorable Carlon had profound love for his country and a deep sense of humility, which propelled him to always place himself at the service of his country and to strive and contribute, like many others, to building a nation based on democracy, peace and progress.

As first Chairman and Vice Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP) during the 1985 General and Presidential Elections, he was well versed in the politics and social dynamics of our country but never did he ever permit his political beliefs and alliances to create a stonewall between himself and people of other persuasions. His love and friendship transcended the confines of the party and embraced every Liberian across party, tribal and religious lines. He must have been a very proud and fulfilled man to have seen during his life time the UP rise to state power, for this was what he endeavored to achieve for many years.

Throughout his public service to the government and people of Liberia, which spanned more than forty years and most of which was spent in the field of education, he proved himself competent, effective, practical and dependable. His professionalism and passion for impacting quality education was made manifest beyond the borders of Liberia through the Mano River Union (MRU) when he competently served as Deputy Director and Coordinator for Curriculum Planning of the MRU.

I am certain that in many quarters of our country today there are grief-stricken hearts and mournful faces because Honorable Carlon gave an enormous lifetime service to his people. Whether it was at the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, the William V.S. Tubman College of Sciences and Technology now William V.S. Tubman University or at the Governance Commission he led a life that earned for him a stately reputation, one which is stellar and very well deserved.

Life is a multiple-lane highway that empties into one toll-gate Death. So to the grieving wife and members of the bereaved family, we say kindly accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and brother. To the resilient people of Grand Cape Mount County, we say sorry for the loss of one of your eminent sons.

On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia, we urge you to be strong and take succor in the Lord for Dr. Carlon’s time for confronting life’s trials and torments on these terrestrial planes have ended and through the eyes of faith, we know that he has ascended to a place of ethereal bliss and infinite calm.

Now on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government of the Liberia, we deposit these floral designs on the mortal remains of our honored dead in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the blessed Holy Spirit.

May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on him.

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