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Romesh Chandra Dutt Singh
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Romesh Chandra Dutt
Singh
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Condolence From: Geoffrey Alleyne
Condolence: It is with a sense of deep sadness that I learned of the death of my dear friend, Romesh "Freddie" Singh. I first met Freddie in June of 1970 when I along with other guys, drawn from Barbados, St. Lucia, Guyana, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Montserrat, and Dominica entered the Guyana Technical Institute as Trainee Telecommunication Technicians of the individual Cable and Wireless entities in the respective Caribbean countries. The Guyana portion was the theory part of our training and lasted one academic year during which time we studied for and took the City and Guilds of London Institute courses in Telecommunications (Telephony and Telegraphy, Radio and Line Transmission, Telecommunications Principles, and Mathematics). We took the “A” levels examinations in December 1970, and the “B” level examinations in June 1971.
Freddie and Errol Singh were the two Cable and Wireless’s Guyanese representatives although the Technical Institute had included 4 of their students (2 with last names Persaud, Bob Semple, and Murray Young You).One of the Persauds first name started with “B”, while the other started with “T”. I remember vividly out first day at the Institute when the deputy principal whose last name was Sandiford marked the register and when he got to the Persauds he simply said, “B”, “T” and each responded, “present”. Sandiford whom I christened, “the hunter”, since he wore a khaki safari outfit like the ones you saw in movies showing white folks hunting in Africa, was a real character. He appeared to be in the very early stages of Parkinson disease but that did not stop him from drawing a circle on the blackboard using one of those large compasses. The only thing missing was his, “cork hat”. I was part of the Barbados contingent which included my closest friend Keith Allman, the late Cardinal Fenty, The late Winston Brathwaite, and the late Llewellyn Kellman. From the very first day of classes Freddie warmed to all his classmates. Freddie was a physical specimen, with his flowing locks, ever present smile, and his shades. Freddie was leap years ahead of everyone on the material (Electronics, Radio Communication, etc.) we covered on the course. He was so enthusiastic and friendly. His charm pervaded across all ethnic groups. Simply stated he just loved people, regardless of colour, social standing, and religious beliefs. Freddie played rugby with the likes of “Skip Roberts” who was the top detective in Guyana at the time. Freddie was friends with the, “social milieu” in Georgetown such as the late Pancho Carew.
I am sure that most of you are quite puzzled at moniker, “Freddie.” I will let you in on the secret. One of the courses we took during the first semester (June-December) was Telephony and Telegraphy. The teacher who taught the Telephony portion was Jack Daw. Jack was a senior engineer at the Guyana Telephone company. He was a very knowledgeable guy but above all just a pleasant human being. Because he worked during the day we did the course at night. It meant that when we were finished at 3 pm we returned to our respective guest houses for a couple of hours before returning to school later in the afternoon. Ours was Mrs. Driver’s Roriama guest house situated on Murray Street diagonally across from the Bishops Girl School and very close to the corner of Main Street, while the others stayed at Rima Guest House located on Middle Street. Freddie lived in Subryanville situated on the outskirts of Georgetown and would always arrive late for Jack’s classes. We would hear this knocking on the door; Jack would open the door, and with a smile, say, “come in Freddie.” Freddie would come in a bit sheepishly and take his seat besides his classmates. As you can see it was jack Daw who gave him the name Freddie.
After completing our studies in Guyana we returned to Barbados where we entered the Cable and Wireless Technical College to do the second leg of our training which was considered to be, “the hands on/practical portion.” The Barbadian contingent consisted of only Keith and I. Winston and Cardinal were assigned to one of the company’s installation for training with the understanding that they would be part of the second batch of students. This was necessary since the College could only handle so many students. Besides Keith and I, they were Joseph Sandiford from St. Lucia, Freddie, and Errol Singh representing Guyana, a bunch of guys from Jamaica, one guy from the Cayman Islands, and another guy, Evastus Gage from St. Lucia. These guys had all done the first part of their training at the Jamaica College of Arts, Science and Technology. It should be noted that all the other guys who attended the training in Guyana were trainee Telephone technicians, while the guys from Barbados, Guyana, and Sandiford from St. Lucia were trainee Radio Technicians. Those guys entered the Telephone training program at the Cable and Wireless Technical College while the Radio trainees myself included entered the Radio training program. As a foot note, Llewellyn Kellman never completed the Guyana portion of the course. He complained from day one and pretty much placed a gun to the head of Lawson Husbands, who at the time was the assistant manager of Cable and Wireless in Guyana and also the person responsible for the training at the institute, with a demand that he be sent back to Barbados since he wanted out. Lawson obliged him after a couple of weeks. On his returned to Barbados he got his old job back at the Bank of Nova Scotia and thereafter took up residence in England where he subsequently passed away a couple of years later.
Freddie had a ball in Barbados. Since he was so handsome all the girls fell for him. He hanged out with a group of Cable and Wireless Telegraph Operators who were party animals. Naturally his grades suffered and he did not complete the Barbados leg of the course. Not that it mattered since, as I mentioned earlier he was way ahead of us. He returned to Guyana and worked at the company’s Tropospheric Scatter Radio facility in Georgetown as a technician before leaving to work at International Air Radio. This was a company that provided telecommunications for all the major airports throughout the Caribbean. From there Freddie transferred to Trinidad where he spent a number of years working. It is there that we lost touch of Freddie for many, many years.
Fast forward to around 2006. Freddie visited Barbados on a holiday and decided to inquire about Keith and I. He contacted the local Cable and Wireless office who put him in contact with one of Keith’s brothers, Seymour, who had also worked for the company. Seymour provided Keith’s coordinates to Freddie. Guess what? Freddie found out that Keith was also living in New Jersey very close to him. We didn’t know that Freddie was in the United States. Freddie contacted Keith on his return to New Jersey. Keith subsequently provided my contact information and from that moment on we communicated on a regular bas until this past July. Freddie and I would talk for hours, reminiscing, talking about politics, and especially technology. Keith and I learned from Freddie that he had lived in England for a number of years before moving to the United States.
In 2010 Keith’s mother died in New York. My wife and I went down for the funeral and there I met Freddie for the first time in 39 years. His hair was a bit white but he looked fit. Needless to say the three of us enjoyed our short time together. I always told both Keith and him that we should go for a holiday to Guyana. About 3 years ago, ex-cable and wireless staff from Guyana held a reunion in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Someone sent Freddie an email with pictures of the gathering. Either Keith or Freddie forwarded me this email. I looked at the names it was previously sent to and copied. I noticed Lawson Husband’s name and email address. I had heard from Keith a while back that he was in Canada. I sent an email to Lawson telling him who I was, etc. He responded to me and provided his telephone number. I called him and we had a great chat. I told Freddie and Keith that I had contacted Lawson. Freddie asked for his number and proceeded to call him on a regular basis. I learned that one of the Jamaicans, Lindy Reynolds, who was on the course with us in Barbados, had married a Barbadian and was living there. Freddie asked me to get his telephone number which I did. Freddie subsequently contacted him. About 2 years ago something just came over me that I should try to locate Franklin Constance, who was from St. Vincent and who was on the course with us in Guyana. Snoops as he was called, always asked questions of the teacher. I always thought that he was better suited to be a teacher rather than a technician. I went on Google and proceeded to search. Lo and behold I found out that he had passed away about 4 months earlier in the United States. He had moved to the United States and continued his education obtaining a PhD and subsequently became a professor at a University. I felt pretty awful, knowing that had I tried a few months earlier I would have made contact. When I passed on the information to Freddie he called Franklin’s father in St. Vincent to offer his condolences. Such was Freddie.
At the beginning of this past August I received an invitation to attend a 50th wedding anniversary in Toronto of 2 very special people. The gentleman, Tyrone Small, had served as a mentor to me during my very short stint (2 months) as a Telegraph Operator before I was selected for technical training in Guyana, while his wife Pat, whom I had known from the time we were kids, is very special. I consider her, her sisters and brothers as part of my extended family. I decided that I would use the opportunity to see Lawson whom I had not seen in 47 years. This event was slated for August 25th. I told Lawson about my plans and we agreed to meet on the same morning. I left Montreal on August 24th. Lawson took me to lunch and we had a great time. Freddie’s name came up in the conversation. I took some photographs of both of us and was eager to get back to Montreal to email them both to Freddie and Keith and to tell them about the meeting. When I got back to Montreal I did just that. Knowing Freddie I expected a call as soon as he received my email. That call never came. Keith had just started a job in Long Island where we was staying during the week only returning to New Jersey on the weekend. The following week Lawson sent me an email with a link covering the history of Georgetown. I subsequently forwarded the email to both Keith and Freddie.
About 2 weeks ago Keith called around 8 pm. My wife answered the telephone and after exchanging pleasantries with Keith passed me the telephone. Keith then proceeded to give me the bad news. Even he did not know that Freddie was no longer with us. He said he had called a few times but never got an answer. Freddie knew that he had started the job at the beginning of August. Keith said something just told him to Google “Romesh Singh”, which he did and behold he saw his obituary. Keith emailed me the link. I felt terrible when I realized that on the very day that I was driving to Toronto he was being cremated. I subsequently forwarded the email to Lawson and asked him to send it to all the ex-Cable and Wireless employees that he was in contact. Freddie was a great friend, and a decent human being, he will be missed. To his family I offer my sincere condolences. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Your dear friend,

Geoffrey Alleyne
Sunday September 30, 2018
Condolence From: Tracy
Condolence: My condolences to the family. During difficult times we are helped by the love shown by others (Proverbs 17:17). We are especially comforted by the words found in the Bible ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4). May you receive the support and comfort you need.
Friday August 31, 2018
Condolence From: Dr. Juliet Emanuel
Condolence: Patrick and I send our deepest sympathy to the children, siblings and other family members of Romesh.
Gone but not forgotten.
Monday August 20, 2018