President Sirleaf Attends Funeral of late Associate Justice Clarence Lorenzo Simpson

Saturday, 20th February 2016
President Sirleaf and members of the Supreme Court  Bench.
President Sirleaf and members of the Supreme Court Bench.
Photo Credit: James M.Garresen / Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, over the weekend joined family members, relatives and friends at the State funeral of the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, His Honor, Clarence L. Simpson for his outstanding contributions and services rendered the Republic of Liberia.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking during the final home-going of the late Cllr. Simpson when she led an array of senior officials February 20, 2016 at the Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street where she paid last respect to the distinguished public servant, statesman and patriot.
 
Prior to his death, the late Associate Justice served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia; Chairman, Grievance and Ethic Committee of the Temple of Justice, Legal Counsel, Minister of Public Works amongst others. 
 
Cllr. Simpson began his career in public service as a Lecturer at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, served in many capacities of trust with distinction in the private and public sectors and as well played key roles in many critical negotiations, most especially the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Dam Project and National Highway Projects, funded by the United States and German Governments. 
 
In recognition of his vital role and remarkable performance, he was appointed at age 31 by President William V. S. Tubman as Associate Justice of Supreme Court of Liberia. He also served on the Supreme Court Bench under Chief Justice A. Dash Wilson and remained in said position until 1971 when he was appointed by the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr. as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. In consideration of his noble, devoted and dedicated services to the Liberian Government and excellent Legal skills demonstrated, the late Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis in 2006 again appointed him as Chairman, Grievance and Ethic Committee of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
 
The deceased was a devout Christian and member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia. He later served under Bishop Dillard Hoston Brown, representing the Episcopal Diocese on the Broad of Trustees of Phebe Hospital, which later became a School of Nursing. The late Cllr. Clarence Lorenzo Simpson was joined in Holy Matrimony by Miss. Judith Elaine Marsh of Kakata, Bong County (now Margibi ), on July 19, 1961 and the union was blessed with seven children. His oldest daughter, Ada Benedicia predeceased him.
 
Paying tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh described the fallen Associate Justice as a professional and one of Liberia’s outstanding foremost legal minds. Cllr. Sannoh said the late Cllr. Simpson served his country diligently with integrity, honesty and commitment.
The Liberian Attorney General said the late Liberian Associate Justice’s demise was a lost to the justice system of Liberia. He furthered that services rendered by Cllr. Clarence Simpson will always be remembered adding, he was a major link between the past and present in the history of jurisprudence of Liberia.
Also paying tribute was Chief Justice Cllr. Francis Kporkor - who noted that Liberia has lost one of its best legal minds. He said former Associate Justice Clarence L. Simpson was a man of trust and integrity.  
Delivering the Homily, the Dean, Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street, Rev. Dr. Herman B. Browne, who spoke from the books of Lamentation 3:22-26; 31-33 and Roman 14:1-6 said the late Associate Justice lived a full life and was connected to his God as indicative of his presence in Sunday morning mass weekly. He said Cllr. Simpson was always serious about worshipping God and knew exactly how to connect with others.  Rev. Browne noted that the deceased was a humble public servant who impacted the legal profession meaningfully and offered his time, life and services to the advancement of God’s work despite his busy schedule, adding, he was the man who gave himself to the Ministry of Christ as he was engaged in the rehabilitation of the church and other church-related projects.
 
Rev. Browne encouraged the congregation to serve with commitment and enthusiasm and always show concern to the work of their respective churches as Cllr. Clarence Lorenzo Simpson was. The Liberian Government, in a national gazette in honor of the former Associate Justice paid homage to Associate Justice Clarence L. Simpson, for his contribution in strengthening the legal profession and for working diligently to uplift his country.
 
The funeral was also attended by former members of the National Legislature, Associate Justices of Supreme Court and members of the cabinet, as well as some members of the diplomatic corps, ministries and agencies of government. 
 
The late Associate Justice died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the hour of 5:30 Post Meriden, at his residence in Jahtondo Town, Brewerville, Montserrado County after a brief period of illness. Meanwhile, the remains of the late Associate Justice was laid to rest at the family cemetery in Royesville, outside Monrovia.