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Noel 'Sally' Saldenah dies
Two week after the passing of
former T&T Guardian photogra-
pher, Lester Forde, came the sad
news that another former pho-
tographer, Noel 'Sally' Saldenah
Both Forde and Saldenah were
Forde, a father of three, of St James,
died two days after he celebrated his
The deaths of Forde and Saldenah
occurred some two and a half months
after former T&T Guardian employee
Marsha Arvelay died, marking three
deaths in about three months for the
A father of three children---one
daughter and two sons and two
grandchildren, Saldenah, 74, died at
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
around 3 am yesterday after suffering
from a prolonged illness.
Saldenah's former common-in-
law wife for many years, Vercil des
Vignes and mother of his two sons
Dwayne, 36, a solider and Devon,
30, a Special Reserve Police officer,
described her former partner as a
dedicated father and grandfather
who "did it his way."
"He lived his life to the fullest. Last
Thursday when I went to see him he
was somewhat sad. But I was happy
he recognised me and that I saw him
before he passed.
"We had many ups and downs like
everyone else but he was a good per-
son. He loved his job and he loved
working for the Guardian," des Vi-
gnes said yesterday.
She said Saldenah was also fond-
ly known in the Arouca community
where he spent many years with des
Vignes at their Bon Air home.
"All the neighbourhood children
have photos of themselves which
Sally took out. He was passionate
about photography...he was always
taking out something or the other,"
des Vignes reminisced.
Des Vignes, also a former T&T
Guardian employee who worked in
the classified department, said she
met Saldenah in 1981.
She was immediately enamoured
by his charm and charisma.
Saldenha, who was well known
throughout the media, won several
top photographic awards during his
career at the Guardian. They includ-
ed the Jetsam Awards, BWIA, Best
News and Best Sports.
"In every department Sally went
to he would light up the place. He
loved sports especially football and
he would often get into arguments
"He was a fella people just like to
stop and 'small talk' with. He was
good-natured," Des Vignes said.
Saldenah retired from the T&T
Guardian in 2003, a few years be-
fore his close colleague Brian Ng Fatt.
Contacted yesterday, Ng Fatt said
it was the first time he was hearing
about his friend's death.
"I'm shocked but then I know he
was not well. Sally always had a joke
to share or a story to share. I remem-
ber one time, many years ago we were
covering a general election 'behind
the bridge,' Piccadilly Street, and it
was a tense time but Sally kept our
"He reassured us nothing was go-
ing to happen and in his own Sal-
ly way he would say, 'What allyuh
worried about. Ent I here,' and he
would let out this laugh in his own
Sally way," Ng Fatt said, adding,
"Whenever he met somebody Sally
would be 'shadow boxing'
real into sports and was one of the top
sport photographers at the Guardian.
"He was really an unforgettable
person from the 'original Guardian'
from long ago," Ng Fatt added.
Veteran sport reporter, Kelvin
Nancoo, also shared memories ech-
oed by Ng Fat's of Saldenah's pho-
"I will never forget a horse racing
photo which Sally took. The horse
just bolted and Sally captured the
exact moment when all four feet
were off the ground.
"That was an ace photo because it
is very difficult to capture," Nancoo
Head, Digital Content at CNC 3
News Sampson Nanton said even
when Saldenah retired he would still
visit the media house at St Vincent
"Whenever he was in town he
would often pass to look for every-
one. He never forgot his colleagues,"
Funeral arrangements are yet to
Former Guardian Media Limited
Senior photographer Noel "Sally"
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