Mike Persaud passes on
Persaud who passed away last week was a genuine party activist, a dedicated and loyal party member.
Mike Persaud was born in Richmond village, Essequibo Coast. After he completed his secondary education he worked as teacher. At a very young age he joined the Progressive Youth Organization, youth arm of the People’s Progressive Party.
He attended the party’s Ideological school ,Accabre College. After Mike completed the basic course he was selected to go to the advance Accabre course, where he excelled.
Mike was then employed with the Party as an Organiser on the EssequiboCoast. In 1975 he was selected to go on a PPP scholarship to study in Moscow. Leader of that batch of students was another stalwart, Navin Chanderpal.
After a highly successful stint in Moscow, Mike returned to Guyana where he continued to work with our party’s headquarters, Freedom House as office manager. He also served as General Manager of the New Guyana Co. Ltd.
He was later appointed as a Regional Democratic Councilor in Region #4. In 1994 when we had the first and genuine free and fair Local Government Elections in Guyana, Mike Persaud was elected as Chairman of one of the biggest and most prominent Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, The Better Hope / LBI NDC. Mike was a good Chairman, very effective and got things done for his community. Mike was indeed a social worker of the highest class.
For many of us who knew Mike well will remember him as a vey jovial person and was always good company. He was a role model of a father. He was extremely proud of his only child ‘Jaclyn’ Persaud. He was elated when she won a place to go to Bishop High school. He was proud of her performance. Mike was indeed a father who did his best for his daughter’s education. She is now married and resides overseas and continues to study.
His daughter revealed that genuine love and ap- preciation for her father as she was quick to say what a loving and caring father Mike Persaud was. As his family, friends and comrades bid him farewell, we will all remember him as a real Party Comrade. Mike’s death brought hundreds of people together, and those paying respects were PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee, and the former President and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo.