McAlpin’s funeral takes place tomorrow

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McAlpin’s funeral takes place tomorrow

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Mar 11, 2010 ... e-tomorrow

McAlpin’s funeral takes place tomorrow
Rhonda Krystal Rambally
Published: 11 Mar 2010

Gregory McAlpin’s funeral is expected to take place tomorrow—exactly two months after he went missing in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Haiti. His remains were found on February 22. It was on January 12 around 4.30 pm that a 7.0-magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc in the impoverished Caribbean nation, which killed more than 200,000 people and left thousands injured and homeless. McAlpin was in Haiti for a Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System board meeting and was booked at the hotel. He was the director of flight safety with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority and lived in Antigua for the past 11 years. There was never a moment of surrender in the search for McAlpin–dead or alive. As efforts intensified, some 40 days later his decomposing body was found.

He was identified by his jewelry and driver’s permit. A fan page on Facebook kept eager and anxious friends and colleagues abreast of the progress of the search-and-rescue teams. McAlpin, who would have celebrated his 49th birthday on January 28, was formerly from Grace Gardens in Santa Cruz. His funeral service is expected to take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Abercromby Street at 9 am, followed by a cremation at Belgroves Crematorium in Trincity. McAlpin leaves to mourn his parents–George and Shirley, his sister Karen Camejo and brother Garth. He was unmarried and was the uncle of Michal, Pilar, Tisan and Marie-Jose. Contacted yesterday, a relative of Garth said as far as the family was aware, McAlpin’s remains were brought back to Trinidad earlier this week.

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