Mrs Richardson dies
By ANDRE BAGOO Saturday, June 16 2012
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DEAD: Former Attorney General Selwyn Richardson, who was shot dead in 1995, is seen in this file photo with his wife Joyce Richardson. Mrs Richardson ...
JOYCE RICHARDSON, widow of murdered former Attorney General Selwyn Richardson died of a heart attack at her Cascade home on Monday. She was 74. Mrs Richardson was at home with family when she suddenly took ill, son Clive Prevatt, 47, said yesterday.
She was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Mrs Richardson was due on Tuesday last to fly to the United States with her sister Phyllis, for a family reunion with another sister, Lee-Moi. All three sisters had not seen each other since 1995. Instead, her family has now flown in to pay their last respects at a funeral.
“It was sudden and unexpected because she was not ailing,” Prevatt, an engineer and former island scholarship winner, said yesterday. “She was just about to embark on this trip. She was also a very active person and liked to work on her own.”
Mrs Richardson, born Joyce Lee-Lum, was a mother of three children from her first marriage to Courtney Prevatt: Clive, 47; Alan, 45; and Carole. After her first husband died, she later married Selwyn Richardson, only to be widowed again in 1995 when he was murdered. She was a grandmother of five.
Mrs Richardson grew up in Mayaro where she, as an adult, also lived after the death of her husband in 1995. Her ashes are to be interred at Mayaro. Her son Clive yesterday lamented his mother’s death saying the void, “was one that cannot be filled.”
Although in her later life she lived in Mayaro, Mrs Richardson’s last moments were spent in the Cascade home where she shared happy memories with Selwyn Richardson and her children.
It was also this same home where, almost exactly seventeen years ago, 59-year-old Richardson was assassinated in an incident which shocked the nation.
Richardson was murdered by two assailants, believed to be Abdul Qadir and Curtis Felix. They were themselves later murdered.
The man thought to be the mastermind behind AG Richardson’s murder, Imran Ali, was murdered as well. The witness in a case that was to be brought against Ali was also murdered in New York.“I don’t think she ever recovered from Selwyn’s death: the hurt and the pain of it,” former Attorney General Anthony Smart, a colleague of Selwyn, said yesterday.
“It affected her very severely. They were in the prime of their lives and lived an active life and this thing just came and shot her down.”
Smart described Mrs Richardson as a “beautiful woman” who was a force of support behind Selwyn. “I knew her well,” he said. Mrs Richardson’s funeral takes place on Monday.