Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Siew Ramadhar remembered

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar today remembered the life of Siew Ramadhar, the father of Congress of the People Political Leader Prakash Ramadhar. Siew Ramadhar died on Saturday at age 85, and his funeral will be held today at the family's home at Mission Road, Freeport. The following is the statement issued by Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar -

I wish to extend condolences to the Ramadhar family of Freeport, in Central Trinidad on the passing of Mr. Siew Ramadhar, who died peacefully last Saturday at the Mount Hope Medical Sciences Centre at the age of 84.

Members of his immediate family, including my Cabinet colleague and leader of the Congress of the People, the Honourable Prakash Ramadhar, were with him during his final moments as a Pandit administered the last rites with readings from the Gita. He is survived by his wife, Samdaye, whom he married in 1948, seven children, their respective spouses and four grandchildren.

Mr. Ramadhar, who was born on May 6, 1930, worked first as a teacher at the Freeport Presbyterian School and later moved to the sugar industry working as a bookkeeper. In the early 1950s, he invested $55 to start his own retail business as a grocery merchant.

Through his diligence and dedication he progressed from selling to villagers from his donkey cart, to the prosperous grocery business he operated until his death.

He instilled in his family the values of truth, fairness, honesty and integrity. Throughout his life he was active in cultural activities and worked closely with members of his community to keep his religion and culture alive.

Mr. Ramadhar also had a passion for animals, and together with his children, he operated a small hobby farm, tending to the cows, sheep and goats with love.

Siew Ramadhar was a dedicated patriot, an ideal parent and husband and a friend to everyone who crossed his path. He treated all with the same cordiality and respect without any regard to class or social standing. He always found time to chat with people who visited his business. And he always remained dedicated to his family.

Death is perhaps the only event that we can predict with certainty, and yet it is something for which we are never truly prepared. And while it brings grief, we must take comfort in the understanding that it is just of one part of a complex journey that ends only when the soul is one again with the Creator.

The eternal soul is the spiritual self that helps guide us to live spiritually, constructively and divinely within the physical body. That is how Mr. Ramadhar lived his life, leaving a legacy of a life of goodness and spirituality.

Today, we mourn with Samdaye and the Ramadhar children Prakash, Kishore Sabita, Vidia, Taran Persad, Lidia and Babita, and other members of the family. But we also celebrate the life of a distinguished member of our community whose life was an example of all thatís good.