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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, August 29, 2015
Rootsman (Yafeu Oesi) was a good
painter and competent wood-carver, but
lived his dream to become a calypson-
So said his sister Brenda Smart in deliv-
ering the eulogy at the funeral service cel-
ebrating his life held at the Pentecostal
LightHouse Tabernacle on Second Street,
San Juan yesterday morning.
Rootsman, 64, died at his Morvant home
last week Friday from complications asso-
ciated with diabetes.
"As a child he was a brilliant student,
but could give back-chat left, right, and
centre," said Smart. "But from small his
heart was set on becoming a calypsonian,
and he lived that dream until it became
Before a large congregation consisting
of calypsonians, musicians, promoters,
and other members of the entertainment
fraternity, Smart s discourse, delivered with
deep passion and punctuated with pockets
of humour, revealed glimpses into the life
of a boy born in Tobago who grew up and
went to school in San Juan, and whose
father wanted him to become a lawyer.
"Our father apprenticed him to a law
firm, but he walked off the job just after
one month," said Smart. "He knew it was
not what he wanted to do."
Attendees heard how, as a child, he once
became lost between San Juan and Diego
Martin; of his generosity in giving away
to friends clothes be bought on his foreign
travels; and of the impulsive calls to his
sister offering to take her to lunch when,
according to her, "he did not have one
black cent in his pocket."
Smart said her brother so loved the
calypso art form that she estimated he
had performed in every calypso tent in
Trinidad and Tobago.
Offering a tribute song was Rootsman s
brother Brent Smart. He said while Miami
Vibes and Rack Me Rack Me were among
the popular songs for which Rootsman
would be remembered, the song he (Roots-
man) loved best of all was Live Nice. He
proceeded to deliver a verse and chorus
of the selection with the packed congre-
gation joining in to form the chorus group.
Condolences from Miami Broward Car-
nival on Rootsman s passing were read by
former national calypso monarch Duane
O Connor, while church elder Francis
Solozano delivered the sermon, the theme
of which was Life After Death.
Following the almost two-hour-long
service, Rootsman s body was laid to rest
in the San Juan Public Cemetery.
The T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC)
is warning employees they can face discipli-
nary action or even dismissal if they continue
to engage in industrial action.
The majority of T&TEC offices across the
country were hit by high absenteeism as workers,
led by the Oilfield Workers Trade Union
(OWTU), protested the raising of a bond against
the electricity company.
President general of the OWTU Ancel Roget
said the $1.8 billion bond was to be used to pay
off a loan for the Trinidad Generation Unlimited
(TGU) and also to settle the 14 per cent wage
negotiations for public servants.
Roget said while this was happening, T&TEC
negotiations were still outstanding. The union
boss said the electricity workers should not be
sacrificed like this.
Roget led workers in a protest outside the
office of Finance Minister Larry Howai, yes-
terday, as he delivered a letter calling for an
immediate halt to the decision.
Commenting on the absenteeism, Jacqueline
Cheesman, assistant general manager of human
resources, reminded employees that T&TEC
was classified as an essential service and as
such, workers were strictly prohibited by law
from participating in industrial action.
In a statement Cheesman defined industrial
action to mean strikes, lockouts, sympathy
strikes, sick-out, go-slow, sit-down strike and
secondary boycotts by workers and their trade
She quoted section 67 (4) of the Industrial
Relations Act to emphasise that a worker who
contravened the Act could be liable to a fine
"I am appealing to all employees to fulfill
their obligations under the respective contracts
of employment so that the commission can
provide a high standard of service to the national
community whom we serve," Cheesman said.
She reminded workers of the commission s
intention to take serious disciplinary action,
inclusive of dismissal against workers who
engaged in industrial action.
of disciplinary action
Mc Leod to bury
his son today
The son of Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod,
who died three weeks ago in London under
circumstances still unknown, will be laid to
rest today. His body was brought back to
Trinidad for burial.
Jason Alan Errol Mc Leod, who lived in Kens-
ington, London will be laid to rest today.
His funeral will take place at 10 am at the Mt
Paran Spiritual Baptist Church, La Romaine, to
be followed by interment at Roodal Cemetery,
The younger Mc Leod, husband of Leah Pierre
and father of Jason Jr and Israel, was one of six
children for Mc Leod and his late wife Bernadette.
His other children are Ian, Bernstein, Marc, Jillian
and Nikesha. The elder Mc Leod, who is tipped
to receive the Order of Trinidad and Tobago, the
nation s highest award on Independence Day,
has not responded to questions about the death
of his first born. His colleagues in the government
have also remained tight lipped about the cir-
cumstances under which the young Mc Leod
lost his life.
Initial reports indicate that Jason was shot to
death in London on August 4. There has been
no confirmation or denial.
Rootsman lived dream
to become calypsonian
Man on fraud charges gets bail
A Lange Park man was granted $250,000
bail when he appeared in court yesterday
charged with uttering and obtaining false
documents with intent to defraud.
Allister David, 29, stood before Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in the
San Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday.
According to the charges read by Welling-
ton, on August 13 David went to Southern
Supplies Ltd on Sutton Street, San Fernando
and allegedly used a cheque to purchase
The cheque amounted to $367,629.70. It
is alleged that when the cheque was deposit-
ed it bounced.
David s attorney Chris Ramlal told the
court his client had surrendered to the
Chaguanas Police Station and had been in
custody since Tuesday.
Ramlal said after police failed to bring
his client to court after the first 48 hours
that he was held, he sent letter to them and
only then David was put on an ID parade.
Ramlal asked Wellington to make a ruling
to prevent pre-trial publicity, stating that
the victims had posted a picture of David
on their facebook page and there were a
number of comments about him.
However, Wellington did not rule on the
request. Ramlal said David had one prior
conviction for marijuana but the case was
David was granted $250,000 bail and will
return to court on September 23.
Calypsonian Francis' Tallish' Adams pays his last respects to fellow calypsonian Rootsman (Yafeu Osei) during yesterday's funeral
service at the Pentecostal Lighthouse Tabernacle in San Juan. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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