The People’s National Congress Reform is saddened by news of the death of Mr. Lorimer Edward Joseph Alexander also known as “Lorri” Alexander, who passed away on Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital after a period of illness. The Party therefore tenders its sincere condolences to his wife, Paula, and his immediate relatives and friends.

Mr. “Lorri” Alexander has been a friend, a member and a supporter of the People’s National Congress Reform at various periods during the past forty (40) years. Indeed, he not only enjoyed a close association with the Party but more so with its leaders. Mr. Alexander was one of the early personal assistants to Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham (1967-1970), before he immigrated to Jamaica. He was also a colleague and adviser to the late Party Leader and President, Hugh Desmond Hoyte and the current Party Leader, Mr. Robert H. O. Corbin. His close association with the Party and his understanding of Guyanese politics and history led to him being placed on the Party’s list of candidates for the 2006 General Elections.

Mr. “Lorri” Alexander’s life was a mix of journalism, business and cultural pursuits. The son of a printer/publisher, he grew up with the printer’s ink in his veins. Displaying a talent for journalism he worked on different occasions with “The Star” and the “Gleaner” newspapers in Jamaica. But these journalistic pursuits did not prevent Mr. Alexander from researching and exploring his African heritage. Accordingly he became Founder/President of the National Emancipation Trust and hosted several annual “libation” ceremonies to usher in Emancipation Day at the Public Buildings in Georgetown, which had a noted effect on the rest of the society. He also organized several Miss Guyana African Heritage Pageants, which were quite successful. He combined these activities with the establishment of a business in wicker furniture and provided employment opportunities for many young people both in Jamaica and later on in Guyana.

But “Lorri” Alexander was also a very rounded individual who was well versed in the arts and had a thorough understanding of Jazz and other musical art forms such as calypso and soca. In fact, as the owner of the “Wig and Gown” nightspot in Georgetown during 1969-1972, he encouraged the development of Jazz and other forms of music. He also found time to write poetry and to host a popular Talk Show entitled “Guyana the Way Forward-Ting Na Regular”.

During his long and multi-faceted career “Lorri” Alexander was the recipient of several awards including the D&G Top Small Business Award (1978), The Furniture Europe Award for Indigenous Development (1980), The Jamaica Gleaner Award for Craft Development, Design and Export (1981) and the “Outstanding Graduate” Award at Chancellor Hall, UWI (1981).

The Party’s leadership will miss “Lorri” for his wisdom and guidance on a variety of national issues and the Guyanese people, especially Afro-Guyanese, will miss this Afro-centric ambassador.

May God grant his soul eternal rest.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday, March 20, 2009