The regional media fraternity is mourning the passing of colleague, George Alleyne.
The Guyanese-born journalist abruptly died at his residence in Barbados on Friday, January 22. He was 61 years outdated.
A famous author and editor, Alleyne spent over 40 years of his profession working in Guyana, Canada, and the Cayman Islands, earlier than lastly settling in Barbados.
He served on the Guyana Chronicle till 1989 when he migrated to Canada. George lined politics, sports activities, and commerce whereas on the Guyana Chronicle and printed a number of articles for ethnic newspapers in Canada whereas there as much as mid-1995.
Alleyne later moved to Barbados the place he was an data specialist, sub-editing, reporting, and writing for the Caribbean Information Company (CANA) Wire Service till its merger with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union to change into the Caribbean Media Company (CMC) in 2000.
For the final eight years, he was a contract reporter for Barbados At the moment. He was additionally a contributor to the New York-based Caribbean Life newspaper – the biggest Caribbean publication within the NY metropolitan space, protecting regional affairs.
The Affiliation of Caribbean Media Staff (ACM) paid tribute to Alleyne, describing him as ” a dedicated and avid regionalist” who believed in Caribbean unity.
“A staunch advocate of regional meals sovereignty, George believed his native Guyana must be the breadbasket of the Caribbean and thus scale back our US $5 billion-plus annual import invoice,” ACM mentioned of their assertion.
Talking about Alleyne’s ardour for writing and journalism, the ACM added: “Although lately, he had been battling some well being challenges George nonetheless discovered the time to pound away on the keyboard, as ever passionately dedicated to the thought of a vibrant, productive and purpose-driven Caribbean civilisation and to a craft that day by day seeks to inform its story as he would – comprehensively, earnestly and fearlessly”.
The Barbados Affiliation of Journalists and Media Staff (BARJAM) additionally expressed their “shock and disappointment” at Alleyne’s sudden loss of life and provided their sincerest condolences to his household.
“The Barbados Affiliation of Journalists and Media Staff (BARJAM) takes this chance to precise condolences to George’s household and pray for consolation and comfort of their time of grief,” BARJAM mentioned in an announcement.
Alleyne leaves to mourn his daughter Tendai; three sisters Myrtle Pitt, Ann Wallace, Grace Alleyne, and different members of the family.