Amidst all the love and admiration for late media veteran Louis Daniel yesterday was the caveat to people to not hide their illnesses from their family.
The message came from Reverend Selina Joseph in the homily delivered during the Service of Thanksgiving held for Daniel at St George’s Anglican Church.
Reverend Joseph noted that she admired many of Daniel’s qualities, but she could not understand nor support excluding loved ones from a person’s time of need, as it robs all parties of an important element.
Before that, in a eulogy written by Austin Josiah and delivered by Shawn Nicholas, the congregation learned that Daniel, for a long time, kept his August 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis a secret from his family.
It was meant, Nicholas said, to spare them worry, and so when Daniel learned that the cancer had returned with a vengeance after being in remission, he chose once again to say nothing.
Daniel, who was born on November 26, 1960, died shortly after his second diagnosis, on March 7.
Daniel worked in the media for more than two decades, regionally as a bureau chief for the Barbados-based Caribbean News Agency, and with the radio service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
At home, he covered the terrain, at ZDK, as news anchor and news director at ABS Radio and TV and as news editor at The Antigua Sun.
He exited the local scene in 1999 in a battle with the owner of the now defunct Antigua Sun.
He eventually relocated to Guyana where he worked at the Carciom Secretariat, before moving to Miami where he last resided and from where he ran his own construction firm.
Daniel also leaves to mourn his wife Wendy, six brothers, one sister, numerous friends and other relatives.
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