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Attorney Gregory Gaskin dies following motorcycle mishap

Last evening and today, relatives, close friends and the wider community were recovering from the shocking news of the death of Guyanese businessman and attorney Lt. Colonel Gregory Gaskin. Gaskin who developed a passion for motorcycle racing late in life, was on the South Dakota Circuit practicing for a race meet when he fell off his motorbike and suffered internal injuries. He was rushed to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where he subsequently died around six last evening.

Colleagues and friends recalled that Gaskin came from what was a well-known family in Guyana and distinguished himself both in and out of Guyana.

When the infamous Jonestown mass suicide occurred in the Northwest of Guyana in 1978, Gaskin then in charge of a nearby Garrison was one of the first GDF officers to reach the scene as he recalled in his own words a few years ago.

He also lived and worked in Jamaica, for some time, where he formed the security firm COPS there. His mother the late Winifred Gaskin had served as Guyana’s High Commissioner to Jamaica following her service in pre and post-independence Guyana as Minister of Education and race relations. His father the late Berkeley Gaskin had been an avid Cricketer and Cricket Administrator.

Gregory Gaskin upon his return to Guyana started the COPS Guyana security service and read for law degree and practiced in the local courts. Guyana’s Attorney-General, Anil Nandalall recalled that in the short time he knew him, Gaskin was nothing but kind, warm and respectful; always very excited about the law and wanted to do so much more in and for the profession.

The late attorney leaves to mourn his wife and children. Arrangements for the funeral of Gregory Gaskin are yet to be announced.

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