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Obituary: From selling coconut shell brooches in Guyana to CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile phone network

Reproduced from the Star Born in 1958, Bob Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman and the immediate past Chief Executive Officer for telecom giant, Safaricom. Collymore started schooling in Guyana while still living with his grandmother until age 16 when he moved to the UK to join his mother in 1974. He attended Selhurst High School for Boys in London ...

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Guyana-born CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile telecoms network dies

Reproduced from Quartz Africa Bob Collymore, the Guyanese-born British businessman who oversaw the expansion of Kenyan telecoms firm Safaricom into East Africa’s biggest mobile network operator, has died. Safaricom confirmed that the 61-year-old had passed away from cancer while at home this morning. Collymore had been receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia in the UK and in Kenya for almost ...

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First Lady’s mother dies

Edith Cecily Chan-A-Sue née Pierre, the mother of the First Lady, Sandra Granger, died this morning at the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, the Ministry of the Presidency announced today. Mrs. Chan-A-Sue was 94 years old. The Ministry of the Presidency mourns with the First Lady, President David Granger, their relatives and friends.

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Women’s rights activist and former WPA executive member, Andaiye, dies

Veteran Guyanese women’s activist and former member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Andaiye Williams died Friday after a prolonged battle with cancer, her longtime friend Joceyln Dow confirmed. Andaiye was 77 years old. Dow said Andaiye, a cancer survivor for 30 years, passed away at about 6:30 pm at the Woodlands Hospital in Georgetown. Demerara Waves Online News was ...

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Roman Catholic’s Father Keith Hardless dies

The Roman Catholic community in Guyana was Thursday plunged into mourning with the passing of one of its well-known priests, Father Keith Hardless. He was 75 years old. Father Carl Philadelphia told Demerara Waves Online News that Hardless died at about 4:20 am at Balwant Singh Hospital. He had been in and out of hospital in recent months due to ...

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Senior Counsel Miles Fitzpatrick dies

Prominent Senior Counsel and former politician, Miles Fitzpatrick died Tuesday night at his residence after a period of illness, his son Garry Fitzpatrick confirmed. He was 83 years old. No date has been set yet for his final rites, but his son said “we’re going to have a public memorial and the cremation will be private.” Asked how best will ...

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President Granger, Bar Association mourn former Attorney General Bernard De Santos’ passing

President David Granger and the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Saturday mourned the passing of Senior Counsel, Bernard De Santos. “The President “extends condolences at the death” of De Santos, the Ministry of the Presidency said. De Santos was 80 years. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1991 and served as Guyana’s Attorney General from 1992 to 1997 under the ...

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Veteran Guyanese military officer Col. Martindale dies

President David Granger says he is “deeply saddened” at the death of Colonel Cecil Edgar Martindale MSS, MSM, ED, who died Saturday morning at the age of 93 in Toronto, Canada. Colonel Martindale’s military career started in 1948 when he enlisted in the British Guiana Volunteer Force (BGVF). Three years later, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant. ...

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President mourns death of prominent businessman ‘Indi’ Beharry

President David Granger says he is “saddened” at the passing of prominent businessman, Mr. Inderjeet Beharry, popularly known as Indi Beharry, who died earlier today at the age of 78. Mr. Beharry is the son of Guyanese business magnate, the late Mr. Edward Beharry of the Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies. In 2016, President Granger conferred Mr. Beharry with the insignia of the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (C.C.H.), the ...

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