Many families in New York are complaining about the treatment that their loved ones received at some of the hospitals. There are cases where patients were transferred to other hospitals and the family was not informed. Some people are having trouble locating the dead bodies in the rental trucks as they are identified by a number. Some patients discharge papers were being prepared and next thing you know they were pronounced dead.

With the large number of Covid cases and switching ventilators from an expired patient to another patient is very high risk. The entire facial equipment needs to be sterilized , now are they doing a thorough job?

Many more people are dying of heart attacks and other organ failure simply because those surgeries are not given priority. It is a tuff time to fall sick.

When this is over a lot of questions will be asked. They made such a big fuss over Ventilators and it saved very few.  When my relatives were vented, it was the end. It made no difference.

I told my kids, if I ever in that state, no vent.  I will face time till me dead.

Understand, 65% of your lifetime medical costs are incurred in the last two weeks of people’s lives.

I don’t care what ayuh seh, I gon tek mi chance with bleach!πŸ€ͺ

Sister of Nohar Shankar posted above.   

Funeral for Devi Ali, known as Chandra formally of Portuguese Quarter and Lesbeholden Black Bush Polder will take place on Tuesday May 5th, 2020 from 8am to 10am at Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home 103-33 Lefferts Blvd. The cremation will then take place at 11am at All Souls St. Michaels 72-02 Astoria Blvd S, East Elmhurst, NY 11370.

😒😒😒We are literally shocked to hear the sad demise of Advaith Sunish(8), son of Sunish and Deepa of New York. This handsome little boy was fighting COVID 19 after his parents who are nurses in NY contracted the pandemic while serving in the frontline workforce. It’s hard to see the cruel impact of this dreadful disease !!!!! The invisible enemy takes quite a toll on the lives of helpless family members too...May his soul Rest In Peace

Community advocate Linden Branche lost to COVID-19

Linden Branche and Victoria Branche at the opening of D'Lorice Banquet Hall in Irvington NJ. in 2016.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Kind and generous, were words that described late Guyanese-American Linden Branche, who was memorialized by friends and family, from far away as Guyana, Cayman Island, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. during a poignant virtual sendoff, organized by Charlestown Alumni Association, NY, Inc., on May 2.

The former owner of D’Lorice Banquet Hall died from Covid-19 just after he turned 65.

Branche, remembered as a successful businessman, community advocate and entrepreneur, who, along with his wife Victoria, built the first black-owned banquet hall in East Orange, New Jersey, was eulogized by friend, and former schoolmate Alex Neptune, as someone whose qualities are irreplaceable.

β€œHe gave from his heart not expecting anything in return. He was always willing to help someone start a new business, or offering a job at the banquet hall. He was a resourceful person, who believed in his community of Irvington. He had friends of all nationalities, rich and poor, he was a family man, lamented Neptune, recalling Branche’s recent trip to Guyana to reconnect with relatives.


Poughkeepsie - Edgar Anthony James of Poughkeepsie, NY entered this life on February 14, 1953, in Coomacka, Guyana, South America and departed it on April 27, 2020, at Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

He was the son of the late Patricia Heyliger and Edgar James, Sr.

Edgar leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Andrea (nee) Rudder; he was the very devoted father of Laurel, Joelle and Hilaire, and the doting grandfather of Donovan, Adrian and Laila. Also left to mourn his passing are his brother Hugh; sisters, Carolann and Stevette; several nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, Rupert and Phyllis Cort, Hubert, Keith, Allison and Avril, numerous cousins and his boyhood friends, Roland, Wayne and Egerton.

A kind and gentle soul, gone too soon.

Leelawatie Singh, born in Berbice, Guyana in 1931, passed away in the Bronx a few days ago. She was famous for traversing the five boroughs and Jersey---and even making her way as far as Canada and Florida---to assist at every wedding, wake or puja in the family, finding her own way by bus, subway and PATH train if no one was there to give her a ride. 

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 15, 2020: Some 7 dozen Guyanese immigrants in the U.S. and the UK have died from the novel coronavirus, News Americas has found.

Based on reports on social media, in local Guyana newspapers and the Facebook Page set up by the Guyana Consulate in New York: β€˜Honoring Guyanese Lost To Coronavirus,’’ the NANN tally reached 80 Thursday, more than any other Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to date.

Among the dead are:

William β€˜Billy’ Braithwaite


William β€˜Billy’ Braithwaite died on April 7, 2020 at the NY Presbyterian Hospital where he was hospitalized for just over a week. Braithwaite was a former president of Pele FC and the Georgetown Football League (GFL), now Georgetown Football Association (GFA), during the 70s and early 80s. He migrated with his family to the USA in 1981. He was the first elected secretary of the GFL, headed by former City Mayor, Kenneth Shortt, whom Braithwaite replaced as president in 1978. He worked at the Guyana Airways Corporation and later as a former Area Manager of BWIA, now Caribbean Airlines, and North American Airlines in NYC. He was 74.

Jim Bacchus


Jim Bacchus was the proprietor of Jim Bacchus Travel Service, which operated offices in Georgetown and New Amsterdam has passed away.

Bacchus, who had been a prominent figure in the local travel service industry especially with his service in New Amsterdam, passed away yesterday his grandson John Bacchus posted on his Facebook Page.

Wendell β€œDragga” Manifold

Wendell β€œDragga” Manifold was the former national Under-18 captain of the Pele FC, died at Brooklyn Downstate Hospital, from cardiac arrest, due to the Coronavirus on March 25, 2020. He was 65 and a former student of Charlestown Secondary School who migrated to the US in 1974.

Lee Nurse

Lee Nurse was a cricketer who played for Basingstoke and Finchampstead in the UK. He was 43 years old. He died at Basingstoke hospital, UK on April 9, 2020  with his son Rilee by his bedside.

Imam Hadji Zakir

Imam Hadji Zakir was a member of the The United Muslim Organization, and was also a notable personality on WPAT 930 AM, NY. He was formerly of Canal Number 2 and died at a nursing home in Queens at age 86.

Michael Gilkes

Michael Gilkes was a poet, actor, playwright, director, literary critic. He died in England at the age of 86 after three nights in the ICU on April 14, 2020. He was involved in theatre for more than 40 years, as a director, actor and playwright, winning the Guyana Prize for Drama in 1992 and 2006, as well as the Guyana Prize for Best Book of Poetry in 2002.

Iltab Hosein

Iltab Hosein, 77, was the former imam of Masjid Al Jama in Queens New York and formerly of the Nabaclis and Enmore communities, Guyana. He died on April 5, 2020 at Queens General Hospital. Hosein was also the former Iman of Nootenzuil Masjid. Before migrating 17 years ago, he held several positions, including that of a field foreman at the Enmore Sugar Estate and a former constable in the Guyana Police Forc,e (GPF). As a member of the GPF, he was stationed at the home of the former Commissioner Laurie Lewis until his migration. A devout Muslim, Hosein was said to be respected in his community, which he served as former Iman of Masjid Al Jama.

Albert James Jacobus

Albert James Jacobus also known as β€˜Jack’ or Jimmy, was born in Kabakaburi Mission, Pomeroon, Essequibo, Guyana. He became a land surveyor and worked in Guyana as well as the BVI before migrating to the US and taking up a post also as a land surveyor for the Department of Design and Construction, Office of Land Surveying, City of New York. The Brooklyn, NY resident died from COVID on March 29, 2020.

George Watson

George Watson was 83 and was formerly of 54 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice. He died on April 3, days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Watson migrated about 38 years ago to the United States, where he continued to practice his trade as a joiner.

Here’s a full list of other Guyanese reportedly lost to the coronavirus pandemic:

Marc Callender, NYC political consultant

Oliver Cyrus, 61 Guyana-born, an MTA bus operator for 21 years, who lived in Brooklyn.

Dr. Earline Austin, formerly of Republic Ave. Linden, Guyana and Fresh Meadows, NY.

Prea Nankieshore, 34, a former clerk who registered patients in the emergency room at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills hospital in NYC.

Brijmohan Ramdayal

Clarence Clarke aka Oral of Linden

Murland Mc Pherson of Flatbush District and of Mahaicony

Yvonne Wharton, sister of Guyana’s preeminent saxophonist Erwin β€œFlantis” Edwards

Rita Yakum

Paramdeo Baichu

Vija Baichu

Abdul Razack Fyuse

Saraswati Niranjan

Ronald Hunter

Haringa Narayan

Sheila Anthony

Chandra Sain Ramdas

Georgeanna Greaves-Gentles

Phagu Singh formerly of Princess Street, Lodge

Frederick Winfield Matthias, who migrated to the US from Peter’s Hall EBD in 1969

Frankie Armstrong,

Aubrey McMillian Sears

Murtland McPherson formerly of Perth Village Mahaicony East Cost Demerara and NYC.

Clairmont Bell, formerly of Trafalgar Village West Coast Berbice and NYC

Victor Roberts, formerly of Plaisance, ECD and Brooklyn, NY.

Deenanauth Achaibar also known as Payo, originally from No. 73 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana who passed away on April 9, 2020 in NYC.

Godfrey Pilgrim, age 87

Linda Archer

Rev. George N. Frederick, 82, of Poinciana, Fl. Passed away on April 10th, 2020. He was born on October 3rd, 1937 in Georgetown Guyana to Clarence and Evelyn Frederick and the brother of Desiree Norton. Over his 40+ year career, Reverend Frederick served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Couva, Trinidad. He also ministered at several Methodist churches in Guyana. Reverend Frederick migrated to the United States to serve several churches in the North Indiana United Methodist Conference including Grace UMC, Caley UMC, Broadway Christian Parish and Marquette Park UMC. Pastor Frederick was the Senior Pastor at Calvary-Roseville UMC in East Orange, New Jersey for 18 years. He last served at Park Ridge UMC in New Jersey before he retired to Florida.

Sgt. Vibert β€œBulli” Smith who played the tuba in the Guyana Police Force band and the trumpet as a freelance musician in Guyana.

Wayne Benn Fingal, an ex-police officer from New Amsterdam, Berbice and a NY Transit Bus driver, who resided in Brooklyn, NY, who died on April 11, 2020.

Satesh Deonarine

Sunny Kharag from NYC and formerly of Bush Lot, Corentyne, Guyana. He was the father of Ryan Kharag of Deluxe Delivery of NYC.

David Greene originally from Buxton who passed away on April 3, 2020

Annie Crandon, 85, who was born in Fyrish Village, Corentyne and lived between New York and London.

Carmen Patricia Jones aka Patsy Jones died on Tuesday March 31, 2020. She succumbed to Covid-19 while hospitalized at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. After leaving Guyana she pursued a nursing career at Long Island College Hospital.

Mohanlall Janak died on April 11, 2020

Tulise Persaud

Seukumarie Hardeen, formerly of Hampshire Village, Berbice.

Nathalie Bishop died on April 11, 2020.

Tulsa Balram died on April 9th, 2020 

Raymond Haniff, aka Bai-Gee who died on April 10, 2020

Mona Imrit, April 10, 2020

Oswald Anthony Mussenden, a former solider in the Guyana Defense Force from 1975 to 1984 who served under the commander in chief President of Guyana David A. Granger. He died on April 12, 2020.

Reverend Vibert Rudolph Prescott

Verona Fraser originally from Georgetown, died on April 11, 2020

Abdul Wahaab, 74, died at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. Formerly from New Road Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.

Tesrun Wahaab, 71, died at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. Formerly from New Road Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.

Captain Mohammed Rahaman who was assigned to the NYPD 115 Pct.

Ron Misir, who was born in Lenora, Guyana and was a professional mechanic at Dynamic Auto Center. 

Bissoonauth Shiwnandan

Frank Michael, a shopkeeper of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, died from the virus on March 30, 2020 after battling for a week on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit at North Shore University. He is survived by three children, two grandchildren, other family members and friends.

Dennis Dickson, 62, who worked for 14 years as a janitor with the New York City Police Department, died on March 26, 2020 from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Dickson, who died at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital, was the first NYPD casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. He was assigned the first floor of headquarters, which includes the memorial wall that lists the names of the officers who died in the line of duty.

Khemraj Mahadeo, 55, was born in Guyana before migrating to the US. He joined The New York Transit Authority where he worked in the Power Maintenance Pitkin Yard Repair Shop. He is survived by his widow, Ceriandia and two children, Sanjay and Anjaly.

James Owen Hunte also known as Bambi died on March 30, 2020.

Quincy Cummings, 41, a father of three and former teacher at McKenzie High School died in Queens, NY at the St. John’s Hospital.

Aseeran Nesha Amin, 78, died from COVID-19 on March 27th at Jamaica Hospital, Queens, New York.

Yvonne Wharton

Marvin Pearce, 44

Ivor Fraser

Leon Gaskin,70, was a former Advertising Manager at the Guyana Chronicle newspaper.

Sharon Cozier nee Walker was originally from Campbellville and South/North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and was a former teacher of St Margaret’s Primary school.

Walter Errol Loo who resided at Woodhaven, 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. He was the father of Joanne Ally of USA, the late Jacqueline Lindie, the late Christopher Loo. Frank Loo of Canada, Raymond Loo and Jimmy Max Loo of Guyana. Loo was a former Del Casa restaurant and bar manager in Guyana.

Ajana Wilkenson-Iwayemi.

Avron Albert Alves, 57, died on Monday, April 6, 2020 to coronavirus. He was born on August 31, 1962 in Mahaica, East Coast of Demerara in Guyana to Irene Williams and Bertram McKay. Avron received his early education at Mahaica Primary and Mahaica Multi-Lateral High School. He then migrated to Brooklyn, NY where he attended and graduated from New York City Technical College. Avron began working at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he continued working throughout his career in various roles.

Marilyn Howard, is apparently the only school nurse in New York City Board of Education system killed by COVID-19. She emigrated from Guyana with her parents in 1981 at age 14 and helped care for four younger brothers. She first went to college at age 35, earned a master’s degree, and recently enrolled in Long Island University to become a nurse practitioner. Howard started feeling sick on March 14, a day after classes ended. She died on April 4, 2020.

Yvonne Greene, who resided in Brooklyn New York and formerly of Lodge, Georgetown Guyana, died on Monday April 27, 2020 from Coronavirus.

Naresh Persaud formerly from Foulis, East Coast Demerara, Guyana and of Queens, NYC.

Linden Branche, former owner of D’Lorice Banquet Hall in East Orange, NJ. He was 65. Branche is survived by his wife, Victoria, children Joseph and Natolia Wayne, grandchildren, brother, Julian, and many relatives.

Edgar Anthony James died on April 27, 2020, at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. He was born on February 14, 1953, in Coomacka, Guyana and lived in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Yvonne Headley Olanipekum formerly of Plaisance Village, East Coast Demerara, Guyana and the sister of Maureen Walker, previously Comptroller of Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday May 13 , 2020.