Farewell ‘Pa­pers Man’ Sheik Mo­hamed Asween

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, Some peo­ple en­ter your life very qui­etly and over time, their pres­ence be­comes a part of your daily life.

So it was with Sheik Mo­hamed Asween; he en­tered as our news­pa­pers’ man over four decades ago. In no time, we all be­came ac­cus­tomed to his whis­tle an­nounc­ing his early morn­ing pres­ence in the neigh­bour­hood. If per­chance, the pa­pers fell in the yard and not on the ve­ran­dah, he an­nounced “it in the yard” and per­haps an­other whis­tle.

We very soon be­came friends, of­ten shar­ing a ban­ter. Though al­ways in a hurry, he had time for a friendly ex­change. Our mem­o­ries of Sheik rid­ing off with a lively foot­note af­ter, will stay with us for a long time.

We feel sure that many oth­ers will share some of those mem­o­ries of the in­domitable Sheik, never fail­ing to de­liver, ex­cept in se­ri­ous ill­ness, the daily pa­pers dry, even in the foulest rain. Guess he was al­ways well pre­pared; we can’t re­call him with­out his long rub­ber boots.

As he aged, he handed over some of his route to his son young Asween.

We were al­ways so glad to see him on his bi­cy­cle on the street in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the mu­tual greet­ing and cheer­ful smiles all around.

Sheik, like all the “old faith­fuls” was a vi­tal cog in the ma­chine of get­ting the news out. Hope­fully, those who fol­low him, will learn from his fine ex­am­ple.

Sleep peace­fully dear friend. Our fam­ily will not be alone in miss­ing you, es­pe­cially those in the print me­dia.

To the Asween fam­ily, our sin­cere con­do­lences and grat­i­tude for shar­ing your dear Sheik with all of us. Yours faith­fully, The Ro­drigues fam­ily of Bel Air Park

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