Dr. Validen finally laid to rest
- fortune seeker in police custody
After more than a month, the body of reclusive doctor, Charles Validen, was laid to rest yesterday, following a simple but moving funeral service at the Lyken Funeral chapel.
It brought an end to one chapter surrounding the doctor’s death. It followed the arrival of his eldest and only surviving child, Jonathan, from Canada. This was after speculation that the dead doctor had a no next of kin.
Jonathan Validen spoke of the absence of a real relationship with his father but he was quick to point out that his father opened up a great deal of opportunities for him in Canada for which he is
He said that he respected the difficult journey his father took to return to Guyana, leaving his family behind in Canada.
Charles Validen was 76 years old when he was found lying dead on his bed in the locked bedroom of his three-storey house on Agriculture Road, Mon Repos.
The Queen’s College old boy studied at St Andrews University in Scotland from where he graduated with a doctorate in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1968 he met his wife, Susan, a nurse and they became married the following year.
With his young wife, Dr. Validen returned to Guyana in 1973 but migrated to Canada the following year and settled in Thomas, Manitoba.
He returned to Guyana 17 years later and opened his gynecology/obstetrician practice in Charlotte Street. Along with his private practice, he worked as an OB/GYN Doctor at Davis Memorial Hospital.
He practiced his profession until a few months before his death.
He was also actively involved in assisting many local individuals with medical advice, through his HIV clinic.
But even though his body has been laid to rest, there is still the issue of his vast estate to be settled.
Several persons had claimed kinship to the dead doctor with the aim of cashing in on his vast wealth.
Some even plotted elaborate schemes going as far as hiring lawyers and justices of the peace to prove that they were related to Dr. Validen.
They brought a troubled woman from the United States of America to claim that she was Dr. Validen’s daughter. But when the scheme unraveled, the woman promptly disappeared.
Still the schemers persisted, even removing several vehicles and other expensive equipment from his property.
This has led to at least two persons, including the dead doctor’s maid, being arrested by police.