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Tribute in Senate Chamber - The Late Constable John Pasqua

The Senate

The Late Constable John Pasqua

Hon. Anne C. Cools: Honourable senators, I join colleagues here in expressing our most deep appreciation of our own splendid and great Constable John Pasqua. John served us here so well and so faithfully. I felt it was my duty to honour him.

I must tell colleagues here that three senators attended John's funeral, which meant the world to his family members who are sitting in the gallery here today. I honour John again today as a capable constable, a wonderful human being, a marvellous father and a great husband. His loss is great.

I extend my love and my affection to his dear family members with us today, and I wish to leave with them a little prayer that perhaps they can use in time.

Before that, I wish to note that all senators here would have been honoured, uplifted and elevated to see what our Senate constables did at John's funeral in the honour guard as they bore his casket. It was something fantastic to behold, and those constables who were present at his funeral, I thank you all.

Honourable senators, I wish to read from Ephesians 3:16-19, especially for the family:

I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love. Yes, may you come to know his love — although it can never be fully known — and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.

To John's family members, I pray that God will hold John in the palm of his hand.


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