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Guyanese author, educator and diplomat- E.R. Braithwaite dies at 104

Guyanese author, educator and diplomat- E.R. Braithwaite dies at 104

Then President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar bestowing the Cacique Crown of Honour on E.R. Braithwaite.

E.R. Braithwaite, the Guyanese author, educator and diplomat whose years teaching in the slums of London’s East End inspired the international best-seller “To Sir, With Love” and the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, has died at age 104, the Associated Press  (AP)  reported.   

Braithwaite’s companion, Ginette Ast, told The Associated Press that he became ill Monday and died at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland.

(Back on August 23, 2012 he was conferred with a National Award, the Cacique Crown of Honour, by then President Donald Ramotar. At  the time, he had been in Guyana as patron of the Inter-Guianas Cultural Festival. “I am surprised because I did not expect an award. I don’t know that I have done anything to deserve the award but, I am grateful for what the award represents,” Braithwaite, who served as a diplomat in the formative years of Guyana’s independence, had told members of the media following a simple investiture ceremony at the Office of the President.)     

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