Veteran Trinidad-born mas’ man dies in Toronto at 79

David Albert Heath

Trinidad-born carnival artist David Albert Heath  died at the Etobicoke General hospital in Toronto on May 8 last.He was 79.

His sister, Dawn, told The Caribbean Camera that the verteran mas’ man  died from a statph infection.

She  recalled that he started playing mas’ and making costumes at an early age  in his native Trinidad.

“For  many years he played with the legendary Stephen Lee Heung  who won ‘band of the year’ several times at the Trinidad carnival,”

Soon after he  came to Canada in 1975, Heath was ” actively involved in the Toronto Carnival .”

He was well known among carnival aficionados in Canada as a talented mas’ player and costume designer.

David Albert Heath 1999

He won “king of the bands” in the Toronto Carnival with ” Cornocopia ” in the The Associates Cultural Club led by Jose Machado.

Joan Alexander, longtime promoter of the popular annual Parang Lime in Toronto,  described Heath as  “a committed mas’ man” and a “fantastic dancer.”

“He was my dancing partner at many parang events and we won a few competitions as a dancing couple.”

He leaves his sisters, Astrid, Dianne, Heather  and Dawn and nephews and nieces.

A funeral service for the late David Albert Heath was held at the G. H. Hogle funeral home in Toronto on Saturday.

A “celebration of  life” for David Heath and his brother, Allan who died on April 13 last, will be held on a date to be fixed