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HUTTON DECEMBER CELEBRATES 75TH BIRTHDAY AND 49 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

HUTTON DECEMBER CELEBRATES 75TH BIRTHDAY AND 49 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

By Waltie Ainsworth

The highlights of the surprise birthday bash of Mr. Hutton Elliot Aubrey December were many and varied. First he announced the celebration of his 49th wedding anniversary with his wife MS Pamela December nee Robinson a distinguished teacher and life coach from Guyana.

Hutton also announced that his mom Ms Gladys Elaine December recently celebrated her 95th birthday and she gave a veral commitment to return to Hutton’s hometown of Baltimore in five years to celebrate his 80th.

The celebration was held at the Church of the Messiah on Harford Road in Baltimore and Hutton for the first time met with at least nine of his children and 20- odd grands and three great-grands. As a matter of fact one of the great-grands has as her first name December.   Continue reading

Funeral Service in Brooklyn for Philip ‘Meagre’ Hamilton of Nabaclis

FUNERAL IN BROOKLYN FOR PHILLIP ‘MEAGRE’ HAMILTON OF NABACLIS

By Waltie Ainsworth

The family of beloved Phillip Hamilton announced his passing a fortnight ago after a prolonged illness from diabetes complications. Phillip who lived for a quarter of a century in Long Island was a mere 65 years of age and was working in New York as a licensed Nurse Practitioner.  His funeral was on Sunday April 2nd at the Brooklyn Battalion Church on Linden Avenue and 40th streets.

Phillip is originally from Nabaclis on the East Coast and attended Sancho High School where his physical self earned him the call name of ‘Meagre’. He also attended the Guyana School of Agriculture where he graduated as a field assistant working for several years along the Soesdyke and Linden highway.  Continue reading

Attorney ‘Mortie’ Coddett passes away at 80

Attorney ‘Mortie’ Coddett passes away at 80

Attorney-at-law Mortimer Coddett

The local legal fraternity has lost another longstanding member. Popular Attorney Jonas Mortimer Fitzgerald Coddett passed away Tuesday night in Brooklyn, New York. He was 80.

Coddett, more familiarly known as ‘Mortie’, was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice to Sarah Joyce Coddett and Randolph Coddett. He was the eldest of six children.

He attended the local primary school and Berbice High School. On leaving Berbice High, he worked as a customs officer before emigrating to England to study law. After being called to the bar at Holborn College of Law, University of London, Barrister-at-law Coddett and his family emigrated to Canada to be closer to his extended family.     Continue reading

Three elderly Guyanese pass on – By Waltie Ainsworth

Three elderly Guyanese pass on

By Waltie Ainsworth

Norman "Star" Armstrong

Norman “Star” Armstrong

On Friday January 20th, the family of Norman “Star” Armstrong, will funeralise him in Brooklyn New York.

Star as he was familiarly called was 98 and lived with his eldest son James, in East Orange new Jersey.  Star last known address in Guyana was north East la Penitence and he retired in 1973 from the Fire Service.

This writer for more than four decades was a family friend of the Armstrongs and on the eve of the American elections last November, Star called to remind my family to get out and vote for the Democratic ticket. Word on the street is that after the Republican ticket emerged victorious, Star lost hope and threw in the towel. His health rapidly declined and he was hospitalized never to recover from a bout of pneumonia.   Continue reading

JEGGAE…..A WEAPON OF MASS PERCUSSION CELEBRATES 60

JEGGAE…..A WEAPON OF MASS PERCUSSION CELEBRATES 60

By Waltie Ainsworth

jaggae

JEGGAE

Something’s are simply predictable about Jeggae…..you bound and blige to wine especially when he hit the conga drum and make the mouth organ talk. Last September 9, Jeggae turned 60 and it is only now he can find an opening to celebrate en masse in New York.

The Sunday nite mass falls on the eve of Columbus Day on Monday 9th …. a holiday in the Diaspora at an undisclosed place by invitation only.  Growing up in the village of Victoria Jeggae was known as Leroy Bacchus ….. his dad’s family name, but later in life to satisfy academic and immigration authorities he took his mother’s name  ….. Hoppie, leaving behind some of his great mentors and memories of Tom Charles, Titty Toy, Ken Barrington and Little Jones.  Ken especially was a great influence in Jeggae’s life as a percussionist.  Ken is still alive and resides with his family in Cayenne.  Continue reading

GT CULTURE-VULTURES GAIN STICKMAN OSCARS – By Waltie Ainsworth

GT CULTURE-VULTURES GAIN STICKMAN OSCARS

By Waltie Ainsworth

After a prolonged absence of more than two decades, a dance troupe from the Guyana National School of Dance is performing

Claire Goring

Claire Goring

in New York for the Labor Day festivities.  And as part of the annual celebrations the Guyana Cultural Association awarded some 18 of its esteemed artists with special awards.

Topping the list of awardees was Ms Claire Goring of Solo fame and brain. Claire Ann is a native of Victoria and has been with the GCA since its inception in 2001 and is currently working on establishing an Art and Culture Centre for young artists in the Diaspora.

CLICKTHIS LINK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDEES: http://guyfolkfest.org/awards/

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Boyhood friend Joe Douglas -Hoppie dies on eve of 62nd birthday

BOYHOOD FRIEND JOE DOUGLAS- HOPPIE DIES ON EVE OF 62ND BIRTHDAY

By Waltie Ainsworth

HoppieJoe Douglas Hoppie in the good old days was a measured quantity.  He had a basic verbal philosophy in which he used to repeat…..when cuma cuma fish deh a trench, alligator got to tek dam.

Joe was a self made businessman.  The aunt he grew up with….Merle Douglas and his own mom, Dame Lynette Hoppie, were both shopkeepers and he learned from both of them.

Joe’s dad migrated to Germany when he was a toddler and as a youth, he always aspired to join him.  But he never did. On Tuesday May 24 on the eve of his 62nd birthday, he suffered a massive heart attack and never recovered.  Continue reading