By Waltie Ainsworth


Patrick Martinborough

Approximately a fortnight ago the children of the late Patrick Martinborough discovered him motionless in bed.  In closer examination they discovered he was dead and sounded the alarm which rebounded all over Guyana and every other community where staff, clients and beneficiaries of Guyana’s Experiment into social security.

Marti as he was familiarly called was 72, retired and became an authentic author on matters of socio economic value in the local community. He will be funeralised on Thursday August 25th, 2pm at the Central Assembly Seven Day Adventist Church, at Church and Oronoque street in Georgetown Guyana.  

Marti was GM at NIS for more than two decades and was with the organization since its inception in the independence era of 1966.  Before joining the organization he was a Policeman and later School Teacher.  Actually he taught me math in high school in his hometown of Buxton and I later had the privilege to work in his office as his Communications Officer.

During those four years, Marti made it a point of duty to get more benefits to more people in rural and rustic communities like Ituni, Leguan, , Moruca, Mahdia and Karasabai.

Marti is a trained actuarial scientist who looks at past behaviors and makes projections about future outcomes and compensation.  He knew every employee by first name and no working day was ever complete without interfacing with a noggin or two with his divisional managers and attendant staff.

The last few evenings, staff and other beneficiaries of the ambitious NIS program have been gathering at the Sports Centre on Carifesta Avenue to reflect on Marti’s life and times.  A handful of coworkers are already in Guyana from the Diaspora to give a grand send off to this great legend of his time.

Fare thee well my teacher and former boss.


Here is a newspaper report on his passing:

Retired NIS General Manager dies

Posted by: Denis Chabrol – Demerara Waves- August 16, 2016

Mr. Patrick Martinborough

Retired General Manager of Guyana’s social security institution, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Patrick Matinborough, has died.

He passed away at his home in Meadowbrook, Georgetown last Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 72.

Of his 35 years, at the NIS he served as General Manager from 1988 to 2007.

NIS spokeswoman, Dianne Lewis-Baxter said Martinborough, who possessed a wealth of experience, would be sadly missed. “We will surely miss him. When you think about NIS you think about Mr. Martinborough. He had a wealth of knowledge. His passing came as a shock,” she told Demerara Waves Online News.

The NIS spokeswoman said management was planning a night of tributes ahead of his funeral scheduled for next week Thursday.

In recent years, Mr. Martinborough had not been well but still managed last year to author and launch a book titled “The NIS in Guyana:  It’s Conception Development and Future.” Up to the time of his passing, he had been planning to write another book.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday hailed Martinborough for his contribution to the development of the NIS.

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition regrets the passing of Mr. Patrick Martinborough, retired General Manager of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). He had served the NIS from 1988 to 2007.

As the General Manager in 1992 when the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) took office, he worked assiduously with the Board headed by Dr. Roger Luncheon to sustain steps to bring NIS policy and administration into the modern era.

Mr. Martinbourough will always be remembered for his strong support for the PPP/C Government’s successful efforts to transform the financial sector, particularly budgetary control and fiscal considerations during the early years of economic recovery in Guyana.

Mr. Martinbourough will also be long remembered for his leadership qualities of integrity, humility, servility and loyalty in public office, inspiring generations of NIS staffer.

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition extends its deepest condolence to the grieving survivors’ of the Martinborough family at this time of his passing. May his gentle soul rest in peace.




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