“A Fitting Memorial for E.R. Braithwaite ” – By Francis Quamina Farrier

E.R. Braithwaite 1962

“A Fitting Memorial for E.R. Braithwaite ” –  By Francis Quamina Farrier

Memorial Service held on Saturday March 25, 2017, for E.R. Braithwaite

Dozens of relatives and close friends of the late E.R. Braithwaite, were present at the Washington National Cathedral, yesterday morning (March 25). It was in celebration and in Thanksgiving for the Life of Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, author of the ever-popular book and movie, “To Sir, With Love”.

Representing Guyana at the ceremony, was Ambassador Dr. Riyad Insanally, who in his tribute said, “Ted Braithwaite’s accomplishments went far beyond anything I could ever hope to achieve. “Quite simply Ted Braithwaite was not just a son of Guyana, he was one of Guyana’s greatest gifts to the world as scholar, educator, writer, diplomat and humanist. “And he was, of course, an exemplar of the enlightened citizen of the world.” 

Ambassador Dr. Riyad Insanally, (at left) Braithwaite’s two sons, Francis and
Ron, his wife Ginette, and a friend, stand around a portrait of the author and
the book of condolence. (Francis Quamina Farrier photo)

E.R. Braithwaite, was also a British fighter pilot during the second world war. Over the years he served Guyana as a diplomat, serving at the United Nations and Venezuela. On the occasion of his 100 birthday, he was invited to the Land of his birth by the Guyana government, and was bestowed with the National Award of the Cacique of Honour (CCH). Braithwaite lived on for another four years, and enjoyed relative perfect health, not having to use a walking cane or any other aid to get around. He died suddenly of heart failure on December 12, 2016.

In concluding his tribute, Guyana’s Ambassador Dr. Riyad Insanally stated, “At 104 years old, he was a life well lived and we celebrate it today.”

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  • Richinds  On March 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Fans should read his book, “THE RELUCTANT NEIGHBOUR”.

  • demerwater  On March 30, 2017 at 4:43 am

    My opinion is that a “foundation-like” memorial would be fitting and relevant.
    The “Braithwaite” prize for non-fiction writing by Guyanese; similar to the Man-Booker award would be my suggestion; even though it would eliminate Edgar Mittelholzer, whose writing I enjoyed. As far as I know, he wrote fiction only.

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