“There is no question in my mind that Mr. Hoyte was a very complex and multi-dimensioned person and personality, yet a very modest and private person. He bore the demeanour of a severe, almost stoic, headmaster, while, at the same time, possessing the skills and attributes, including an amazing memory, of a world class raconteur – he could regale an audience with a string of seemingly endless jokes. Yes, he had a remarkable sense of humour!”

Those were the sentiments expressed by Mr. E. Lance Carberry, M.P., Opposition Chief Whip on Tuesday 22 December, 2009, where the People’s National Congress Reform observed the 7th Death Anniversary of Mr. Hugh Desmond Hoyte, S.C., its immediate past Leader and a former President of Guyana, with a laying of floral tributes ceremony at his place of interment, Seven Ponds - Place of Heroes, Botanical Gardens, Georgetown.

Participating in the ceremony were Mrs. Joyce Hoyte, widow of the Late H.D. Hoyte, Ms. Patricia Hoyte, the sister of Mr. Hoyte, Party Leader Robert Corbin and several Executive Members of the Party, representatives of several Guyanese organizations and members of the public.

The ceremony which commenced at 7:00 AM was chaired by Dr. Faith Harding, member of the Party’s Central Executive Committee and included prayers by Rev. Geoffrey Thompson after which followed the welcoming remarks by Dr. Harding and the official statement by the Mr. Carberry, who recalled, with nostalgia, some of the sterling qualities and achievements of the late Leader and President.

The congregation sang two patriotic songs, “My Native Land” and “O Beautiful Guyana”.

Thereafter, floral tributes were laid by the widow of the late Leader and President, Mrs. Joyce Hoyte, Ms. Patricia Hoyte, one of his surviving sisters, Party Leader, Mr. Robert Corbin, M.P. and a cross section of Guyanese organisations representing Cultural, Religious, Business, Trades Union and political as well as members of the public.

The curtains came down, on this simple but impressive ceremony with the singing of our National Anthem.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday 22 December 2009