Hoyte funeral December 30 The Trinidad Guardian - Tuesday 24th December 2002



The funeral service for former President of Guyana and People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) leader Hugh Desmond Hoyte SC is tentatively scheduled for Monday December 30.

Hoyte, 73, died on Sunday at his North Road, Lacytown residence from an apparent heart attack.
He will be given a State funeral. Prime Minister Patrick Manning is expected to attend.
The PNC leader collapsed on the stairs as he was taking a cup of tea to his wife, Joyce.
Hoyte had a history of heart trouble, including triple bypass surgery in New York in 1993 after collapsing in Georgetown, months after losing the general election.
A British-trained lawyer, Hoyte was Guyana’s president from 1985-1992, when his party lost to the governing People’s Progressive Party.
He had served as ceremonial Prime Minister, Vice President and held several Ministerial positions, including Finance and Economic Planning Minister, before becoming President.
He has often been criticised for his antagonistic approach in politics, but one man who has seen the “softer side” of the former Guyanese President is Maha Sabha secretary general Sat Maharaj.
Maharaj said yesterday, he was lucky to have seen the “gentle and kinder” side of Hoyte.
President Bharrat Jagdeo extended condolences to Hoyte’s wife and his party.
He ordered all flags be flown at half-mast yesterday.