Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ex-‘Express’ stalwart Gail Massy passes away


“dedicated”: Gail Elizabeth Massy

Mark Fraser

Former Express chief sub-editor Gail Eliz­abeth Massy passed away on May 6 after a brief illness. 

Massy, who worked at the Express for many years, was a pillar of strength in the newsroom where her calm manner, her fastidious attention to detail and her commitment to doing the right thing made her the perfect foil for such an often chaotic environment. She was dedicated to her work, going the extra mile more times than can be fully appreciated, and all the time, her disposition was the gentlest and sunniest you could imagine.

When she eventually left to work at advertising firm Lonsdale Saatchi and Saatchi, she carried those qualities with her, and although she retired just over a year ago, the staff will be having a memorial today at St Patrick’s Church, Newtown, for her. 

Gail, who studied journalism in Miami, Florida, USA, before returning to Trinidad to work with People Magazine, was also an astronomer and astrologer, writing the astrology column for the Caribbean Beat magazine for many years.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised, but her family has indicated it will be held in Tunapuna where she was born, at St Charles RC Church, before cremation.

They have also requested no flowers as they prefer to make a donation to a charitable organisation.

Gail leaves to mourn her partner of many years, Brian Bethel; her parents, Vin­cent and Melvina; her siblings, Vincent Jr, Neil and Pam; her brothers’ spouses, Yarsmin and Sharon; her nieces, Krystle and Michelle and her husband, Tyrone. She was the great-aunt of Liam.

The management and staff of the Express extend condolences to the Massy family in their time of grief.