Just learnt of the passing of a friend who I did not see in some time, Renee Carpen.
He was the owner of The Benab, one of the first Guyanese night club in Queens NY. I came to this country in 1987 and Benab was the place to be at.
Renee was always friendly and hospitable, he was also a devoted son to his late parents and very supportive of his extended family. He was a successful businessman and always gave back to our community.
I heard he suffered from lung cancer that eventually caused his death.a Back in the days, all the clubs allowed smoking and they had little or no ventilation. I guess he became a victim from his own business.
Renee and I had some great time together when we were young and in the club days.
Rest in Peace my brother and friend!