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Seychelles pays last respects to the country's first tourism minister

Seychelles pays last respects to the country's first tourism minister ( Minister David Joubert, the first Tourism Minister of the Seychelles, was laid to rest this week at the Mont Fleuri cemetery after a touching funeral service that was held at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in Victoria. The 81-year-old, who was a former teacher and minister, passed away on November 24, leaving behind his wife Gemma, son Elvis, and daughter Shirley.

Reverend Danny Elizabeth and Bishop French Chang-Him were the ones who presided over the funeral service which was attended by his family members and friends from across the country.

President James Michel as well as past and present government officials were also present to pay their last respects to Mr. Joubert while Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange joined family and friends to pray at the private ceremony before the funeral ceremony.

Mr. Joubert’s daughter Shirley described her father as a man of the people who valued serving others. She added that her father was always ready to help and found it difficult to say no to those who needed a helping hand.

Mr. Joubert has also been described as a great pioneer of Seychelles politics by his daughter.

In his sermon, Bishop French said Mr. Joubert became who he was and excelled in his studies thanks to the support of his family and others around him who have helped him along the way.

Apart from being the first Minister for Tourism and Aviation from 1976 to 1977, Mr. Joubert was also the co-founder of the Seychelles Democratic Party in 1964. From 1967 to 1977, he was also the elected member for Praslin, where he hailed from.

In 1970 to 1975, he headed the Ministry of Housing, Labour and Social Services before becoming the first Minister for Tourism and Aviation.

Bishop French said even when Mr. Joubert was in exile, his heart was always in Seychelles. He praised Mr. Joubert’s wife, Gemma, for being the pillar of strength in her husband’s life during all those years.

Minister St.Ange was also among those who signed the book of condolences as a sign of respect to his predecessor.


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