The outstanding community leader and stalwart of Kwakwani, Mr. Charles Alexander Thom was hailed as a hero as he was laid to rest on June 7th. The Friday farewell ceremony held in his Kwakwani community recognized him as a noteworthy contributor to the development of the community and one who touched the lives of many. This was evident by the presence of hundreds of converged at the Community Ground to bid him farewell.
Among Mr. Thom’s farewell attendees were his family and friends along with his many colleagues. Also in attendance were the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman, Member of Parliament (M.P) Hon. Audwin Rutherford, Deputy Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Gavin Agard, and members of the GFC Board.
Mr. Thom received many moving tributes from community members, his children, and a few of his colleagues. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Minister Trotman expressed condolences and his joy in knowing and interacting with Mr. Thom up until his passing. He also recognized Mr. Thom’s significant contributions to the natural resources sector. Also making recognition of Mr. Thom’s great work were M.P Rutherford and Ms. Vanessa Kissoon.
The family of the deceased were also presented with a plaque on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the GFC in honor of Mr. Thom’s work.
There were also several other moving tributes from his children, grandchildren, and friends which characterized him as a caring, committed and understanding individual, determined to make Kwakwani a place of progress and development. As the many tributes of songs, poetry, dance were made, the dearly departed was also honoured by students of the Kwakwani Primary school, one school where he volunteered his services.
His significant contributions towards the community and Region 10 were also recognized by the party and association he founded; Kwakwani United For Progress and the Upper Berbice Forest & Agricultural Producers Association.
Upon the culmination of the homegoing service, the leadership, integrity, and dedication of Mr. Thom was clear and evidenced by the many who spoke and attended. It was also clear that a great leader was lost, one whose passion and drive for progress in Kwakwani will continue to live on.