Over 60 Guyanese died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

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More than 60 Guyanese in the United States have lost their lives to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This was evident from tributes posted on the Facebook page of the Guyanese Consulate in New York.

The Consulate General of Guyana in New York, Barbara Atherly, has created an online memorial platform on Facebook –Honoring Guyanese Lost to Coronavirus –where persons have been posting photos and memories of their loved ones who died from COVID-19 complications.

“The purpose of this page is to honor Guyanese who have died of COVID-19 so that family, friends and the larger Guyanese Community may pay their respects in this time of social distancing,” Atherly said in a letter posted to the page.

L-R top: James Owen Hunte, Carmen Patricia Jones, Iman Hadji Zakir and Iltab Hoosein
L-R bottom: Archie Lyte, Aseeran Nesha Amin, Avron Albert Alves and Ajana Wilkenson-Iwayemi.

Persons desirous of honouring their loved ones can submit tributes, photos, names and other personal information to the Facebook page and it will be posted.

The response to the page has been great especially as persons are unable to have a proper funeral or memorial service during this pandemic.

Below are some of the persons who died:

78-year-old Aseeran Nesha Amin died on March 27 at the Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York.

L-R top: Nathalie, Reverend Vibert Rudolph Prescott, Seukumarie Hardeen and Linden Blanche
L-R bottom: Egbert VanSertima, Tulise Persaud, George Watson and Deenanauth Achibar

James Owen Hunte died on March 30.

Archie Lyte formerly of Linden, Guyana died on April 09 in New Jersey.

On April 6, Avron Albert Alves, a husband and father died at the age of 57.

“Avron enjoyed spending time with his family, doing projects around the house, taking island vacations and riding his bike. He was known for his sense of humor, work ethic and kind and compassionate spirit,” Lennox Hamilton wrote.

Yvonne Greene lived in Brooklyn New York and died on April 27.

Linda Sharon Cozier, a former teacher of St Margaret’s Primary School in Guyana also lost her battle to COVID-19.

Walter Errol Loo lived in New York and formerly of Kent Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice died on April 4, 2020 at Jamaica Hospital, NY – just one week short of his 80th birthday.

Iltab Hosein, former imam of Masjid Al Jama in Queens New York and formerly of Enmore, Guyana, died on 5th April, 2020 at Queens General Hospital.

George Watson lost his battle with the coronavirus on April 3; he was also from Stanley Town New Amsterdam Berbice.

“An extraordinary Guyanese, whose contributions to our community will forever be etched in the annals of history,” was the message posted about Linden Branche. He will be remembered as a successful community advocate, entrepreneur and businessman.

Yvonne Wharton also died in the US due to COVID-19. She was a pleasant, thoughtful and kind person who was always willing to assist in whatever way possible.

Seukumarie Hardeen, formerly of Hampshire Village, Berbice, also died from the coronavirus.

Guyanese couple, 74-year-old Abdul Wahaab and 71-year-old Tesrun Wahaab died hours apart at the Houston Methodist Hospital early in April.

Imam Hadji Zakir one of Guyana’s Patriots and a revered Muslim that embraced all religions and all races, was another victim of the virus.

Tulsa Balram died early on April 09; Raymond Haniff died on April 10 and Verona Fraser passed away on April 11 along with Nathalie Bishop.

Reverend Vibert Rudolph Prescott, Clarence Clarke, Egbert VanSertima, Tulise Persaud from Wakenaam, Bissoonnauth (Bob) Shiwnandan, Murtland McPherson, David Greene from Buxton, Victor Roberts, Linda Archer, Godfrey Pilgrim, Phagu Singh, Frederick Winfield Matthias and Vida Woodman, a home health care aid, were among the numerous names of Guyanese who lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Carmen Patricia Jones succumbed on March 31, 2020 while hospitalized at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She worked as nurse at the Long Island College Hospital.

Ex-police officer of New Amsterdam, Berbice Wayne Benn Fingal also worked as NY Transit Bus driver died on April 11.

Albert James Jacobus died on March 29. He was Land Surveyor for the Department of Design and Construction, Office of Land Surveying, City of New York.

Deenanauth Achaibar from No. 73 Village, Corentyne, Berbice died in NY on April 09.

Wendell “Dragga” Manifold, former Guyana national Under-18 captain of the Pele Football Club, died at Brooklyn Downstate Hospital on March 23, at age 65 from cardiac arrest due to COVID-19.

Mark Callender a budding politician, he was hardworking, dedicated, and well-liked. Sadly, he died as a result of COVID-19.

Helen Alison Monah is also another victim of COVID-19.

“As the Almighty watches over your journey and grant you Eternal Peace, Power, And Glory Amongst the Ancestors. Your children, Alston, Rubena, David, and Tiffany will forever remember your sacrifices, commitment, and loyalty to family,” wrote Charles Monah.

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