May 18, 2011 News Comments Off on Flavio Camacho dies at 73
– country mourns loss of metrication pioneer
Mathematician and the main individual behind introducing Guyanese to the metric system, 73 year-old Flavio Camacho has died.
According to reports, Mr. Camacho died while being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit at around noon yesterday.
His wife, Bibi, told this publication that about six weeks ago her husband began complaining of lower abdominal pains. Mrs. Camacho said her husband had surgery for kidney stones last Wednesday.
“Immediately after the surgery I was told that he was recovering well, but while they were taking him back to the ward the doctors discovered that he was bleeding, and they took him back into the operating room. The grieving widow related that ever since, her husband’s condition began to deteriorate.
Flavio Camacho was born in the Pomeroon, and began his teaching career at the tender age of 14. Not long after he got married and relocated to Beterverwagting where he continued teaching.
His widow remembers him being loved and appreciated by many as he was an excellent math teacher and who worked in most parts of Guyana.
Being a dedicated Catholic he was a member of the Catholic Marriage Counselling Programme, the Catholic Teacher Federation and Holy Spirit Church in North Ruimveldt. Camacho was also a member of the Lions Club as well as an ardent Scout Master.
In 1971, he began studies at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and upon his return to Guyana he was the pioneer behind the Metric system being introduced here. He also served as the Testing and Assessment Officer within the Ministry of Education.
Mr. Camacho is survived by his wife and four children. Prior to him falling ill, Mr. Camacho was still preparing students who were about to write Mathematics at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate.
He has been described by many as someone who loved children and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He has also made contributions to the Muslim community and has been described as an ecumenical individual.
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