Enclosed in a white casket, slain Linden businessman Albert “Bolo” Joseph was yesterday interred at the Christianburg cemetery, after one of the largest, and most prestigious funeral ceremonies to have graced the Mackenzie Sports club in recent times.
People from all across Guyana travelled to Linden to pay their last respects, to a man that was truly an icon in the business fraternity.
Among those in attendance were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Minister of Works and Hydraulics Robeson Benn, Ms Philomena Sahoye-Shury, Regional Chairman Mortimer Mingo,
CEO of the Linmine Secretariat Horace James and members of the Linden Chamber of Commerce, and a wide cross section of the business community.
Prime Minister Hinds in his brief words of condolence to the family, described Bolo as a role model, and an example of a man who achieved against all presumed odds. He exhorted Lindeners to emulate Bolo, as he was a man who saw and grasped opportunities outside of the bauxite industry, and was very successful.
Hinds said he first heard of Bolo in the eighties when the businessman had established what he called the “Bolo lights”, which were very popular at parties and other social events in those days.
That was only the beginning, as Bolo would grow from strength to strength, and soon became one of the more prominent businessmen in Linden, after establishing his variety store in Sunflower Street.
He expressed his appreciation for all the acts of kindness that he had extended to the PPP office which is almost obliquely opposite his store.
Also among the many extending condolences to relatives was Regional Chairman Mortimer Mingo, who said that Bolo was one of the most successful businessmen in Linden, and
declared, “his loss is our loss, it’s the Region’s loss!
He urged the family to continue the legacy that Bolo worked so hard to achieve, and wished that the business grows from success to success.
Persons paying their tributes, also exhorted the police to leave no stone unturned to capture the murderer- who for less than $10,000, and a gold necklace, snuffed out the life of a man that had worked so hard to achieve all that he had. Persons with information were also urged to relay same to the police.
Albert “bolo” Joseph died at a city hospital two Fridays ago- four days after he was shot in his store by a lone gunman.
The suspect is still at large. (Enid Joaquin)
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