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Monday, October 11, 2010

Funeral for Ex-President of the Canaries, Adán Martín


Funeral rites for the former president of the Canary Islands, Adán Martín, who died at a Barcelona hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning where he’d undergone a bone-marrow transplant in August, are to be performed this afternoon at 3 pm in the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción - Tenerife's oldest and most important church – in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The burial will take place in private, by request of the family, while his state funeral will be celebrated in the cathedral of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Wednesday, October 20th, at 7 pm, officiated by the two bishops of the Canary Islands. Martín would have been 67 on Tuesday, 19th.
As well as posthumously conceding him the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands, the Canary Islands Government has declared three days of mourning for Martín, who was president of the Canary Islands Government between 2003 and 2007.

Martín, who will be familiar to many expats, also served as mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 1979 to 1987, the minister of public works in the island council of Tenerife from 1982 to 1986, a national deputy from 1993 to 1996, vice-president of the Canary Islands and president of the island of Tenerife from 1987 to 1999.

Having had the opportunity to meet the former president personally, in 2006, I can concur with the opinion expressed at Canarias Bruta, that, “above any political consideration, he was a good person.” He leaves a widow, former Government Minister, Pilar Parejo and two children from his previous marriage.

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