President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Pays Tribute to Fallen Chief of Office Staff McClain
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid tribute to the late Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, Dr. Edward B. McClain, Jr., describing him as a patriot, brother, confidante and loyal public servant.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking Monday when she led hundreds, including the Legislature, the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, the Dean and Members of the Cabinet, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, family, relatives, sympathizers and mourners and read a “Letter to Bobbin” during the funeral service of her fallen Chief of Office Staff at the Providence Baptist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf recounted the passionate religious upbringing of the late Dr. McClain, which significantly informed his sense of servitude, altruism, loyalty and dedication to duty.
She referred to the deceased as irreplaceable and praised him for his sacrifices spanning over 18 years of working together in the service of humanity.
She acknowledged his great and witty sense of humor and the level of professionalism and diligence that characterized his work.
The Liberian leader said Dr. McClain would be missed as someone who goes beyond the call of duty to do the most exceptional thing.
Paying tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, the Dean and Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara recalled the distinguished legacy of the late Dr. McClain’s history.
It focussed on his life in public service, humorous therapeutic interventions aimed at tranquilizing situations, a man of humility who saw everybody as somebody as well as a quite thoughtful gentleman who went about his work as meticulously as necessary.
It can be recalled that Dr. Edward B. McClain, Jr. died in his 72nd year on Saturday, July 23, at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa.
He was born on November 18, 1944 and died July 23, 2016 following a period of illness.