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Professor Ken Philmore will be missed
The sudden death of Ken "Professor" Philmore would have shaken many people just as it did me.
The professor as he is fondly known would have endeared all who met him. His performances were always captivating, vibrant and joyful.
From my personal interaction with him on the occasions we happened to meet up he was a full-on supporter of Team T&T. In many ways, Philmore was the quintessential "Trinibagonian".
His smile, his sense of fun, his vitality, his courage to pursue his passion and marry his enormous talent and gift for the steelpan and in so doing made an indelible impact in the history of the steelpan.
According to media reports, he was returning from a performance when misfortune struck. It was also said that he asked for his tenor pan and when told it was safe, it is claimed he smiled.
Born and bred in South Trinidad, Philmore was enormously respected as a legend and an icon. His musical genius, his patriotism his passion for his instrument and the music that came from the depth of his soul is no longer with us.
That South Trinidad will have lost one of its most revered sons of the soil just as the Petrotrin refinery closure is imminent. It can best be described as devastating.
The two "Ps" - meant a lot to the people of South Trinidad but it must be acknowledged that Petrotrin also was a stalwart supporter of Sport in T&T. These are indeed challenging and troubling times for South Trinidad.
But it's not South alone but all of T&T that will reflect on the untimely passing of the musical genius. In the case of Petrotrin, it's not just a south issue but a national issue.
T&T is the loser and we must embrace the pain and sorrow and sense of loss and channel from what for many is a profound sense of loss.
There are a lot of things we take for granted. Finding our way out of despair will require soul searching. Are we failing in our responsibility?
At times, we are too quick to rush to judgment. It's a real challenge to control the urge to do such. Every challenge serves to expose both our strength and our weakness.
How we face up to our weakness is where many fall short every day of our lives. However, we must find our strength from somewhere as we search to tame the desire to fulfil such.
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