CaribWorldNews, QUEENS, NY, Weds. June 17, 2009: A popular Guyana-born Hindu priest, who passed away on Monday following a brief illness, will be laid to rest tomorrow, CaribWorldNews has learnt.
Pandit Prakash Gossai, a former special assistant to Guyana President, Bharrat Jagdeo, will be cremated on Thursday, June 18th, following a service at the Bhuvaneshwar Mandir at 86-06 101 Avenue in South Ozone Park, Queens, NY.
A wake and viewing is set for today at the Grace Funeral Home, 607 North Conduit Boulevard in Brooklyn, NY from 4 p.m.
Gossai died early Monday morning after being medivaced over the weekend for emergency treatment for a heart condition. He became ill last Thursday evening after leaving work and was admitted to the Balwant Singh Hospital and subsequently transferred to the Caribbean Heart Institute.
Born in Handsome Tree in Mahaica on the East Coast of Demerara, on April 25th, 1953, Pandit Gossai, as he is commonly referred to, was the sixth of eight children. He was an alumnus of the Cummings Lodge Government School and the University of Guyana, where he pursued medical technology for two years, after which he embarked on a Bachelor of Science degree.