Businessman Siew Ramadhar, father of Congress of the People (COP) political leader Prakash Ramadhar, died on Saturday at the age of 84.
Ramadhar (S), of Mission Road, Freeport, died at the Mt Hope hospital on Saturday.
The Express understands he suffered cardiac arrest. Ramadhar (S) was the father of seven and grandfather of four.
He started business under his late father’s home as “a village parlour” and built it as one of the most successful business ventures in the Central region.
He was the husband of Samdai(nee) Ramoutar, and brother-in-law of former councillor Paras Ramoutar, among several others.
Ramoutar stated yesterday that Ramadhar (S) was loved in his village and known as a person who was “very charitable, kindhearted and was always willing to help the poor and the needy, and always exuded the spirit of humanitarianism”.
He will be cremated at noon tomorrow from the house of mourning and thence to the Waterloo Cremation Facility, Waterloo. Officiating will be Pundit Rudranath Maharaj of Freeport.
Ramadhar’s father’s death comes as he prepares to battle to reclaim the COP leadership on June 29 at the party polls.
Challenging him are COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, COP deputy leader Dr Lincoln Douglas and COP member Rufus Foster.
Seepersad-Bachan yesterday issued a release extending condolences to Ramadhar and his family.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness and regret that I, on behalf of the Congress of the People, and on my own behalf, extend deepest sympathies and condolences to our political leader, Minister Prakash Ramadhar and his family, on the passing of their beloved father, Mr Siew Ramadhar,” she stated.
“Although death is inevitable, it is still painful and difficult to accept. However, its occurrence is mere testimony of our mortality, and reminds us of our purpose, and the need to practise ideals of virtuous living. Every loss of a dear one is a trial of our strength and fortitude,” she added.
Seepersad-Bachan said the COP will join the Ramadhar family in prayer.
“I pray that Almighty God will be with them through this difficult journey of memories and reflection. May he inspire and comfort them with the message that we have come only to return to his loving and protective arms. May God be with the Ramadhar family at this time,” she stated.