Terry loses fight against cancer

Terry Joseph
Terry loses fight against cancer – January 03, 2008
Terry Joseph’s Website – trinicenter.com

January 03, 2008

CULTURAL aficionado and writer Terry Joseph has died.

Joseph, 60, who had been battling with prostate cancer for the past year, passed away around 7 pm yesterday at Douglasville in Georgia, at his wife’s home.

Joseph, a father of one, served as a cultural, political and football adviser to Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.

In a telephone interview last night, a saddened Warner expressed shock at Joseph’s sudden passing.

“This has come as a shock to me because Terry never showed signs of giving up…He always had the will to live,” he said.

“I thought he could have struggled, but he gave up.”

Warner said he had accompanied Joseph to Korea recently for treatment, which lasted a month.

Two weeks ago, Warner said, Joseph returned to America, where his wife Laini Gilliam-Joseph lives.

Laini is a gynaecologist.

“He went back to America for additional treatment with the hope of getting better, because he was fighting for the past year,” Warner said.

He said Joseph deserved a grand send-off because he was known and loved by many.

“Whatever has to be done will be done,” Warner added.

Warner described Joseph as well loved.

Joseph spent his last days happy and in the company of family and friends, says his wife.

She said he knew he was going to die, and that’s why—despite feeling unwell—he insisted on travelling to the United States to be with her.

“It was our first Christmas in our new home in Douglasville, Georgia,” she said.

“We had Christmas dinner…it was nice and relaxing. We spent the day with family.

Gilliam-Joseph said her husband was scheduled to return to Trinidad tomorrow, but when she realised his condition had worsened she rescheduled his flight for next Friday.

In his final hours, she said, her husband mumbled a lot. He never complained of pains.

“I prayed with him. He did not want anyone in Trinidad to see his weaknesses. That’s why he came,” Gilliam-Joseph said.

She said Joseph had chemotherapy two weeks ago and “it was killing him.”

Joseph’s wife said she had noticed signs of his illness two years ago, during a social call at Warner’s house.


Remembering ‘TJ’

January 04, 2008

Members of the media and the cultural fraternity poured out their heartfelt support to the family of cultural aficionado and writer Terry Joseph yesterday.

The 60-year-old, who had been battling with prostate cancer for the past year, passed away around 7 p.m. Wednesday at his wife Laini Gilliam-Joseph’s home in Douglasville, Georgia, USA.
Full Article : trinidadexpress.com

8 thoughts on “Terry loses fight against cancer”

  1. Sincere condolences to the entire family. His valuable and well informed contributions to the limers email group will be sorely missed. I agree there must be a grand send-off should be had for him, as well as a posthumous award for his contributions to the advancement of our culture.

  2. Deepest regrets to all who knew loed and cared for him.

    Let me make a point to those working in media, electronic in particular. In 1983, the ILO issued guidelines for exposure to TV,Video screens etc for women who are of child bearing age. That was ignored by most employers. instead the amount of electronic bombardment into our lives got worse.

    We now spend twice as much time in front of Tv screens, using cel-phones, microwaves a Ipods and other equipment. We need to spend more time outdoors in fresh air. remember, old gardeners do not get and die from Pprostate cancer at 60.
    May Terry rest in peace.

  3. Terry was my brother. For ten years we got together at carnival and every year at the Barbados jazz Festival we spent blessed hours together. This has come as a great shock to me. Condolences and love to his dear wifeand child.

  4. To the family of Terry Joseph:

    With Terry’s death we lost a voice of reason and a seeker of justice.

    Like everyone else, I am still reeling from the news of your (my cousin’s) passing. I extend my sincere condolescence to Dr. Lani Gilliam-Joseph, his wife, and the entire Joseph family.

    Terry, you fought the great fight, and now you are at rest. May we always remember the gifts you shared through your contribution to journalism, friendship and love for family, friends and your country.

    Dr. Patricia Zamor

  5. My condolences to Terry’s family.We met through a mutual friend a few years back. I still recall his openness, frank manner, and friendly disposition. It’s also a sad day for journalism in T&T. RIP Terry.

  6. Terry will be missed by many. Gideon,Lloyd,Cameron,Tony,Beclkes to name a few. Heartfelt condolences to the family. I am sure glad we celebrated his 58th at the paddock.

  7. A Meditation:


    Death is nothing at all;
    I have only slipped away into the next room,
    I am I and you are you;
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by my old familiar name,
    Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference in your tone;
    wear no forced air, or solemnity, or sorrow.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
    just around the corner.
    All is well.

    Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918) England

    May those who mourn Terry’s passing find some comfort in these words, from my book of meditations. (The Bridge of Stars:Ed Marcus Braybrooke ISBN 0-00-763121-9)
    May all who mourn loved ones this day, be comforted.This was the page that opened itself, this Sunday morning.

  8. Cultural send-off for TJ

    Thursday, January 10 2008

    The body of former entertainment journalist, turned cultural and political advisor, Terry Joseph, is expected back in Trinidad today for a funeral celebration that will take place tomorrow at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya.

    From 1 pm there will be a public viewing of the body, and one hour later there will be a “non- religious send-off.”

    That programme will begin with a tribute to Joseph by his long-time friend, veteran journalist Keith Smith, followed by blessings and an inspirational statement by Fr Clyde Harvey.

    Patrick Arnold, Renwick Brown and Michael Leggerton will pay their respects on behalf of the pan, mas and calypso fraternities respectively.

    Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Junior Regrello is also expected to speak.

    Tributes will also be paid by representatives from Rabs Immortelle and The Harvard Club, before the man who Joseph last worked with, FIFA vice president and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner makes his contribution.

    They will also be performances by the Laventille Rhythm Section, Sagicor Exodus, the Black Stalin, Brother Resistance, a soloist from the Lydian Singers, Lord Superior backed by Roy Cape All Stars.

    The body will then leave the Marvin Lee Stadium at 4.15 pm for a private cremation.


Comments are closed.