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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Nardaroon Heeralal yesterday
stood bravely on the pulpit at
the Aramalaya Presbyterian
Church and spoke lovingly of
her daughter, Rheia.
Dedicated, loving and kind
were some of the words used to
describe the 24-year-old primary
school teacher who perished in
a fire at the family s Cunupia
home last Tuesday.
The blaze left her father,
Ramdeo, a well-known freelance
journalist and her 30-year-old
sister, Rheisa, hospitalised.
Both attended the service at
Cochcrane Street, Tunapuna, and
were monitored by a caregiver.
Ramdeo s head and hands were
bandaged and burns to his face
were visible. Rheisa, whose face
also showed burn marks, had to
be taken away during the service
for an oxygen intake. After the
service, they entered a waiting
ambulance which took them back
Nardaroon, who delivered her
daughter s eulogy, said two weeks
ago Rheia mentioned she did not
want to die by fire or an accident.
She said Rheia would always
be a hero, but one who left too
soon. And most fittingly, as her
casket with a framed photograph
on top was taken away at the end
of the service, Mariah Carey s
Hero was played.
Nardaroon said she and
Ramdeo took turns caring for
Rheia after she was born with
"I was told by doctors that she
would have been a vegetable. We
"I prayed and I begged God for
Nardaroon recounted Rheia s
academic pursuits and her love
for family, saying Rheia had an
impact on the lives of all those
whom she met.
Rheia was expected to start her
Master s in Literatures in English,
Nardaroon said Rheia ensured
her father s stories were written
and sent out to media houses
and that his invoices were done
"religiously" no matter how late
it was at night.
"She never ate without asking
if we had eaten, especially her
Burn victim laid to rest...
While Sherry-Ann Seecharan s life
ended in a tale of violence, the mem-
ories of her having fun with her chil-
dren is what her daughter Oma Ganase
will cling to.
With tears flowing from her eyes,
Ganase recalled a happy time earlier this
year when their family, including their
stepfather Robert Seecharan, had gone
As she did the eulogy at the funeral,
which was held at a relative s home in
Penal yesterday, Ganase said her mother
was a loving and caring person who
worked tirelessly to make ends meet.
"Even earlier this year, when we visited
Tobago with uncle Robert, we had a
great time, but nothing good lasts for-
ever," she said.
Seecharan, 38, a mother of four, died
after drinking a poisonous liquid at a
relative s home in Penal on Wednesday.
She died two weeks after her husband,
Robert, who was shot dead by one of
her daughters during a domestic dispute
along the Penal Rock Road.
Pundit Deokie Persad Sharma, who
officiated at the funeral, said God would
have decided the condition of her death.
People, he believe, must aspire to live
He described death like a highway,
saying that if someone lived a good life,
their transition to the afterlife would be
a smooth highway with no ups, downs
or corner. But for those who lived wrong,
that highway would be riddled with pot-
Seecharan was cremated.
Rheia as heroic
Daughter clings to happy memories
Siblings, from left, Brandon, Oma and Mohini Ganase during the funeral service
of their mother Sherry-Ann Seecharan at Seebalack Trace, Penal, yesterday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Rheisa Heeralal, right, comforts her father, Ramdeo, during the funeral
for her younger sister at the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church, Tunapuna,
yesterday. Rheia was killed when fire gutted the family's home in
Cunupia, last Tuesday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal yes-
terday endorsed Wayne
Monroe as the best
candidate to fight the
Tunapuna seat for the
United National Con-
On Friday, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-
Monroe as the UNC s
choice to contest the
marginal seat, days after
COP leader Prakash
Ramadhar had named
Hamlyn Jailal as the
party s candidate to
contest the said seat.
Jailal s selection,
however, did not go
down well with COP
supporters who claimed
that he was not a COP,
but chairman of the
UNC s Tunapuna con-
Asked what was the
reason for Jailal s rejec-
tion, Moonilal said "all
parties were in a posi-
tion to make recom-
mendations and the
People s Partnership
chose the best candidate
at the time."
He said the COP was
free to nominate indi-
viduals and its leader
Prakash Ramadhar did
not jump the gun by
whom he described as
hard working and com-
Moonilal was speaking
to reporters following a
key distribution ceremo-
ny in Port-of-Spain, for
Moonilal said he was
confident that the PP
would return to Govern-
Moonilal endorses Monroe for Tunapuna
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