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Edgar Ewart Marshall

February 10, 1932 ~ May 20, 2018 (age 86)

Age 86, husband of beloved wife Lynette Marshall, transitioned from this earthly plane May 20, 2018 at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Born on February 10, 1932 at 34 Robb Street, Bourda in Georgetown, Guyana. He was the son of the late Harvey Marshall and Mabel Estella Lewis. He attended St. Swithin's Anglican School in Vreed en Hoop, West Coast Demerara, where he received his school certificate and this was fol¬lowed by an apprenticeship in engineering at the Versailles Sugar Estate. As a young adult, he was known as one of the best steel pan players in Middle Street, Pouderoyen. Following his apprenticeship, he was employed with the Transport & Harbor Department, West Demerara Railways at Vreed en Hoop Port. In 1958 he joined the Georgetown Prison Service as a Prison Officer and served in the Mazaruni and Georgetown Peniten¬tiaries. In 1960 he met his future wife, Lynette Clarke. After three years of courting Lynette Clarke, whose father once exclaimed, "... that man is no good!" just because he bought a pair of pants for his daughter who had never worn a pair of pants before in her life, they were married on June 1, 1963. In 1967 they migrated to the United States and settled in New York City.

He attended East Coast Polytechnic Institute and was credentialed as a data processor where he found employment at the American Stock Exchange. He then attended New York University where he obtained certification as a Computer Programmer and became a Systems Analyst with the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC) of the New York Stock Exchange where he retired after twenty-seven years of faithful service.

His priority was always taking care of his family. He often stated that charity begins in the home. Edgar and Lynette were inseparable over the years and he once remarked that they were successful because they worked together as a team. Edgar Marshall was an active member of several organizations — most notably the Guyana Ex-Prison Officers Association, of which he was a founding member in 1982. He held many executive posi¬tions, and was President of the organization at the time of his passing. He was also an honorary member of the Guyanese Nurses Association of America, Incorporated, a member of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance and a supporter of the Guyana Cultural Associ¬ation of New York.

Edgar and Lynette continued to give their wholehearted support to each of these organi¬zations and others even unto the present day. He was a dignified and regal man who had a magnetic presence wherever he traveled and whatever room he entered. He was intel¬ligent, meticulous, and multi-talented beyond measure. Even his penmanship was impeccable. He was quiet by nature, but his example spoke volumes. Edgar Marshall was known as a sharp dresser and a smooth, graceful, and mesmerizing dancer. He and his wife were quite the spectacle as they glided around the dance floor to the tune of Guyanese oldies. He loved to travel and enjoyed his numerous annual trips throughout America and around the world.

He leaves behind to celebrate his memory and carry on his legacy, his wife of 55 years Lynette, and their three children, Ewart, Gordon, and Sharon; a daughter and sons from previous relationships Janice, Deryck, and Quintyn; son-in-law Joseph Monkhouse; daughters-in-law, Yvonne and Roben; grandchildren, Felicia, Vaughn, Joetha, Andre, Ako, Arinola, Qadira, Chinyere, Najwa, Ikenna, Arielle, Sabiya, Robert, and Raven; great grandchildren, Daniel, Kira, Jenice, and Amey; siblings Amanda, Brenda, Leslyn, Noel, Janice, David, Jacqueline, and Judy as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is predeceased by his brother Winslow, sisters Colna, Joylin, and Yvette; daughters Vesta and Marlene; and grandchildren Jonathan and Nandi. By no means was Edgar Marshall perfect, but he was perfect for us. May he Sleep in Peace!

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