Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Lord Marshall of the Dominion of British West Florida Dead of Heart-Attack
My fellow subjects of Her Majesty the Queen, and those who have followed the events within the Dominion of British West Florida from other lands,
It is my sad duty to report to you that His Excellency, John Houston, the Lord Marshall has passed away. he was 72 years of age, and had been in good health.
The Lord Marshall was visiting with friends last evening, and while sharing the day's events over coffee had a sudden massive heart attack. He was declared dead on the scene by the Fire and Rescue Emergency Medical Team.
Let us take comfort in the fact that he passed in the presence of friends and did not suffer a long lingering transition.
I will inform you all of the arrangements for his funeral when they are complete. The flag at all Government Facilities will be flown at half-staff on the day of the funeral as a partial expression of our shared grief at the passing of this great man.