Mike Per­saud passes on

Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Neil Kumar


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.

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