Death after a wake
By CECILY ASSON Thursday, October 18 2012
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GRIEVING: Nicholas Nanan (right) and Ravi Dass, who both survived Sunday's accident are seen at the funeral yesterday for Mukesh Nanan Nicholas' fath...
MOMENTS after leaving the wake for his friend taxi driver Mukesh Nanan — who was killed in an accident on the weekend — former policeman Bejorn Mahabir, 31, was killed in an accident as he was making his way home.
Police said that at 11.20 pm Mahabir of Esmeralda Branch Trace, Williamsville was riding his motorcycle along the Guaracara Tabaquite Main Road, Williamsville on his way home when on nearing R & D Supermarket, he veered off the road and slammed into a steel post. He died instantly.
Distraught relatives told Newsday yesterday that motorcycle riding became a hobby of sorts for Mahabir whose dream was to become a helicopter pilot and he had been saving his money to go away to study to get his pilot’s licence. Mahabir who was unmarried, lived with his parents Rooplal Mahabir, 57, and Tara Mahabir, 55, and had two siblings — Marana Singh, 29, and Marijana, 20.
A grieving Marana told Newsday yesterday that four years ago, her brother who she described as “protective and caring” retired from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. Mahabir was supposed to be among the hundreds of mourners who yesterday attended Nanan’s funeral. An injured Nicholas Nanan, who survived Sunday’s accident which claimed the life of his 44-year-old taxi driver father, Mukesh Nanan, was granted a temporary discharge from San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) to attend his father’s funeral.
With bloodshot eyes and a swollen face, a solemn Nicholas, 18, gazed at his father’s body as it lay in the casket during the funeral service, done under Hindu rites, at the house of mourning in Williamsville. Nicholas’ friend Ravi Dass, 17, also a victim in Sunday’s crash was present at the funeral to support his friend. Nicholas had described his father as, “my hero.”
Scores of mourners including students of the Lady Hochoy Home in Gasparillo gathered to say goodbye to the father of three.
Nanan’s mother Sheila Nanan was inconsolable and cried out her son’s name several times throughout the service. “Why you take my child? He was so nice to me. Mukesh, why you gone and leave me?” the anguished woman cried. Frank Bennati, who delivered the eulogy described his brother-in-law as the family’s “hero.” Nanan was later cremated at the Shores of Peace, Mosquito Creek in La Romaine.