Grenadians mourn the passing of Jimmy Emmanuel

Grenadians mourn the passing of Jimmy Emmanuel

By Lincoln DePradine Grenadian Jimmy Emmanuel’s many friends included the late Grenada Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and Sir Vaughan Lewis, the former Prime Minister of St Lucia, where Emmanuel lived and worked for many years. Sir Vaughan is also a former director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), whose commission is based in St […]

Jimmy Wisdom remembered as community stalwart

Jimmy Wisdom remembered as community stalwart

Hundreds of customers and friends of  Jamaica-born barber Ronald Ashford Wisdom  who died on November 25 last, showed up  at his funeral service on Saturday  at the Salvation  Army Yorkminister Citadel in Toronto. Many at the service described Wisdom, popularly known as Jimmy, as ” a community stalwart.” He was also described as being  “fiercely […]

Well-known Jamaica-born barber dies in Toronto at 72

Well-known Jamaica-born barber dies in Toronto at 72

Well-known  Jamaica-born barber Ronald Ashford Wisdom, popularly known as Jimmy, died on Thursday of a suspected heart attack. He was 72. Wisdom  collapsed at his home in  North York and was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital where he was pronounced dead, his daughter, Ninfa, told the Caribbean Camera. She said her father who was born in Montego Bay, […]

Caribana/TO Carnival’s John Kam laid to rest

Caribana/TO Carnival’s John Kam laid to rest

John Kam, 68-year former bandleader, carnival king and festival executive, passed away last week and was buried on Friday. The funeral was held  at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Scarborough, followed by a burial at the York Cemetery. As this photograph by Tang Canada of a Caribbean dancer shows, Mr. Kam’s church service included […]

Trini-born playwright Mustapha Matura dies in London

Trini-born playwright Mustapha Matura dies in London

He was the first black dramatist to have his work performed in the West End, and he championed black writing through his theatre company  Mustapha Matura, who has died aged 79, was the pioneering Trinidadian dramatist who became the first black playwright to show in the West End and who co-wrote the first black sitcom […]

Caribana stalwart John Kam dies at 68

Caribana stalwart John Kam dies at 68

By: SW. Photos By: Herman Silochan Long considered the soul of Caribana and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, John Kam, 68-year former bandleader and festival executive, passed away last Monday after a lengthy illness.  The funeral will be held on Friday (tomorrow) November 22, at 10 am at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sheppard Avenue East […]

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