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Clyde Jones, a outstanding, award-winning, Brooklyn-based Barbadian photojournalist, who labored for the Advocate and Nation newspapers in his homeland, died on April 17 on the age of 89, his spouse, Thelma, confirmed.
Mrs. Jones advised Caribbean Life on April 20 that her husband died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn. She declined to state Jones’s reason for loss of life, however Tony Finest, a outstanding and well-respected Barbadian journalist, who resides in Forest Hills, Queens, wrote within the Nation on Sunday that Jones had sustained “a protracted sickness.”
Finest wrote that Jones had “contributed to the Barbados Advocate for about 20 years and the Nation newspapers for a minimum of 1 / 4 of a century.
“He was additionally identified to many parliamentarians, sports activities figures and cultural figures, and printed a few of his work in a ebook, entitled ‘The Man and His Digicam,’” Finest added.
Mrs. Jones, who resides in Brooklyn, stated she and her husband had been of the identical age and that they had been married for 50 years. Her husband hailed from St. Michael, the Barbadian capital, and that she was initially from the neighboring parish, Christchurch.
“I missed my husband,” she stated in an anticipated somber voice. “He was the one particular person for me. I can’t take it. It’s unhappy, it’s laborious. Clyde was a really, very good particular person. I actually miss him. Tough!
Mrs. Jones stated she regretted that she was unable to be at Jones’s aspect when he took his final breath.
“They (paramedics) took him (to the hospital), and I used to be not there (at his bedside),” she stated. “They took him the morning (Saturday); and it gave me the shock, and it knocked me utterly out.
“I by no means thought he’d be gone,” Mrs. Jones added. “I used to be not ready for Clyde to go (and) depart me. However now we have no management of our lives. God has management.
“I’ll take a very long time to get myself again collectively,” she continued. “I’ve to depart every little thing in His fingers. God is aware of greatest.”
Mrs. Jones stated whereas funeral preparations are but to be finalized, her husband shall be interred in Barbados.
“Nobody goes to cease me (from going to Barbados for the funeral and burial amid the COVID-19 pandemic),” she stated. “That’s my husband.”
Mack Holder, Barbados’ Consul Normal in New York, advised the Nation that “Clyde was a stalwart, a pillar of the Barbadian group in New York and elsewhere.
“He was irrepressible and was in every single place, and was current at something to do with Barbados,” Holder stated. “He did an amazing quantity of labor to publicize Barbadian occasions and saved Bajans nicely knowledgeable. He was at all times totally supportive of the Barbados Consulate Normal.”
All people’s Journal, a Brooklyn-based Caribbean journal, owned and printed by Grenadian Herman Corridor, stated Jones was additionally certainly one of its photographers.
It stated that Jones had launched the 2nd version of his “picturesque ebook, ‘The Man and His Digicam.’”
“’The Man and His Digicam’ is a set of images that Jones took for over 40 years,” All people’s journal stated. “Forty years is a longtime. It makes ‘The Man and His Digicam’ a historical past ebook that presents a candy slice of the historical past of the Caribbean in images over the past 4 a long time. The ebook has 184 pages with almost 400 memorable photos.
“As Mr. Jones remarked on the New York launch, ‘I’ve visited many locations from Rome to South Korea, however, regardless to how lovely they’re, I at all times sit up for get again to my house, Barbados,’” the journal added. “It’s not stunning, due to this fact, that ‘The Man and His Digicam’ captures the historical past of Barbados and Barbadians residing within the Caribbean Diaspora.”