A full military funeral service was held for the late retired Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson on Thursday at Christ Church Cathedral. Governor General His Excellency Sir Cornelius Smith was in attendance along with Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis and other members of the government. The current Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander was also there along with many high ranking officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Prime Minister Davis delivered remarks at the service. He told attendees, “as Commissioner, Paul Farquharson understood that sometimes changing lives requires changing the system. He ushered in a new era of community policing and prioritized establishing open channels of communication between police officers and the residents they serve. The was part of his broader push to encourage connection, integrity and excellence. The best way we can honour his legacy is to learn from it.”

The current Commissioner of Police and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg also addressed congregants at the service.

The eulogy was delivered by Rector of St. Gregory’s Anglican Church Cannon Sebastian Campbell who spoke to the character of Farquharson who was his parishioner. Campbell said that death had robbed St. Gregory’s of one of its greatest parishioners.

Following the service Farquharson’s coffin was taken to Parliament Square where a mock burial was held. He will be laid to rest on the island of Long Island.