Paying tribute to late Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia

Monday, 12 May 2014

Paying tribute to late Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia


On 13 May 2014 the mortal remains of Right Worshipful Charles Gyude Bryant (Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia) and former Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia will be removed from the Sameuel Stryker Funeral Parlours at 4 o'clock PM. The removal ceremony will be organized under the auspices of Oriental Lodge #1.


There will be wake-keeping at Trinity Cathedral and funeral services will be held at the same venue al 10 o'clock AM. Members of the Grand Lodge of Liberia will gather at 8 o'clock AM at the Grand Temple in Monrovia and will march to the Church.

Charles Gyude Bryant (17 January 1949 – 16 April 2014) was a Liberian politician and businessman. He served as the Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia from 14 October 2003 to 16 January 2006. The installation of the transitional government was part of the peace agreement to end the country's second civil war, which had raged since the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebelled against President Charles Taylor in 1999.

Bryant was previously a businessman and was chosen as chairman because he was seen as politically neutral and therefore acceptable to each of the warring factions, which included LURD, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), and loyalists of former President Taylor. He was a prominent member of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, and was critical of the governments of Samuel Doe (1980–90) and Taylor (1997–2003). He died on 16 April 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.

Born in Monrovia during the early years of the Tubman era, Bryant's mother was a descendant of settlers and his father was a member of the Grebo people. He matriculated at Cuttington University in 1972, and in 1974 he married the former Rosilee Williams; together they had two children, Cheryl and Charles. Bryant also had a son named Charles Mleh. Before becoming the chairman of the interim government, he was a successful businessman operating a company that supplied machinery for the Freeport of Monrovia, and he was the chairman of the Liberian Action Party, which has since merged with President Sirleaf's Unity Party.

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