It is with deep sadness that I pen these few lines to express my sincere condolences to the family and relatives of Mr. Gregory Gaskin. When I learnt of this tragic happening, I was in serious doubt and I could not help but reflect on the total impact Mr. Gaskin’s death would have on the entire Guyanese nation. He was truly an inspiring individual whose respect for his fellow human being was never taken for granted.
I met Mr. Gaskin some years ago when we took a few law courses together, at the University of Guyana. My own interaction with him and my observation of how he related with others led me to conclude that he was truly an individual who had deep concern for people.
He was always willing to share and listen, to the views of others. Never had he used his successes, popularity, position in society or any of his other coveted qualities to impose his authority or views on anyone. Mr. Gaskin was a humble and naturally humorous individual who gained the admiration and respect of those who came to know him.
He was able to make light of the most serious issues without having the importance of that issue diluted. Gaskin’s personality was a natural magnet for young people and I believe that when the history of his legacy would have been written, this very important fact will be recorded, as very often people of his stature gets it wrong with young people.
Guyana has lost an entrepreneur, a patriot and a true role model. His passing will, undoubtedly, have significant impacts on all the organizations to which he was associated.
Penning these few lines were difficult, as I had to refer to Gregory Gaskin using past tense. He was indeed a Guyanese soldier in its truest sense, soldier on to higher and greater things patriot!
Gregory Gaskin will be most certainly be missed but his contribution is noted. May his family take comfort in the fact that he has been more than an inspiration to our society. May you also be consoled in the truth that God is still alive!
May his soul rest in peace!
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