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Journalists pay tribute to Norris Solomon

Friday, November 30, 2012
Dirk and Dexter Solomon, left, sons of former journalist Norris Solomon, help bear their father’s casket after his funeral service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL

Tales of a self-disciplined man devoted to news were related at the funeral service of veteran journalist Norris Solomon yesterday. The funeral took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at Harris Promenade, San Fernando. Scores of journalists, including Andy Johnson, Suzanne Sheppard, Jones P Madeira, Maxie Cuffie and Mervyn Crichlow, as well as the T&T Guardian’s South staff, turned out to pay tribute to Solomon.


Solomon was a former Guardian news editor. His sons Dexter and Dirk, who delivered the eulogy, described Solomon as a devoted but worrisome father. “When you get spanked, trust me, you will feel it. If you showed Daddy that you had an attitude, you can be sure that he will show you that he had a bigger and badder temper,” Dirk said.


He said his father had been in the media for 40 years. “He would often tell us that it was not his fault that he worried so much about us. “It was because of his experience as a journalist. He was married to his job. He worked from 7 am to 7 pm, and when he left the Guardian, they hired two people to replace him,” Dexter said. He added that his father was always humble and was never selfish to other reporters.


“He liked to collaborate, he loved to help people,” Dexter added. Monsignor Christian Perreira said Solomon’s ideals as a journalist should be emulated. “Those who choose to rise above the decadence, corruption, evil and deceit that surround us must remember that liberation is at hand,” Perreira said.


“Stand erect and hold your head high, because through it all, you can triumph. We don’t have to go down with the corrupt, the decadence, or ride the bandwagon of evil that seems to be a part of modern life.”


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