Deygoo gets emotional farewell

POSTED: 09/30/11 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – New Testament Baptist Church of God filled to capacity Thursday as mourners assembled for the funeral of the late Mark Anthony Deygoo. The Guyanese business man was shot during a robbery at his store – Fragile Bundle – on September 21 and died in hospital on September 23.

The chief mourners at Thursday’s service were Deygoo’s wife Padmani and the couple’s only child Kimberly. The pair found themselves continuously consoling each other, and while the newly widowed Padmani shed tears, her daughter stared at the coffin. Padmani also stood at her husband’s coffin several times, touching him and speaking to him softly.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell and Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius De Weever were among the sympathizers who offered their condolences to the family. Deygoo’s former colleagues and employer at Shipwreck Shops and Kimberly’s classmates also offered their condolences and were among those who offered tributes at the service. Though there was no collective representation of or presence from the Indian Merchants Association several of the merchants attended the service.

Deygoo moved to St. Maarten in 1995. His first job here was with a construction company. He’d move on to work at Shipwreck Shop, and then to opening his own business – Fragile Bundle – in 2009.

“Mark was such an industrious, pleasant and committed employee that he earned the love, respect and friendship of everyone who knew him,” Sister Bhagen of New Testament Baptist Church of God said when she read the eulogy.

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