'Patty King' leaves a 'golden' legacy
Members of the Jamaica diaspora continue to mourn the death of businessman and philanthropist Lowell Hawthorne.
Hawthorne, 57, was president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, a family-owned manufacturer, distributor, and franchise that sold Caribbean-inspired cuisine.
Hawthorne was known by some as 'Patty King', as patties are a staple of the franchise.
According to police reports, Hawthorne, who migrated to the US in 1981, shot and killed himself at his New York office on Saturday.
The entrepreneur received numerous philanthropy awards for his contributions both in Jamaica and the US.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) family yesterday also expressed shock at Hawthorne's death, who had since 2011, served as director/partnership board chairman of the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies.
This foundation, based in New York, has been the principal link between The UWI and partners in the United States, including alumni, the Caribbean community, and business interests.
Vice-Chancellor Professor of the UWI, Sir Hilary Beckles, said: "This sad and painful development has sent emotional shivers down the souls of many friends and colleagues who will now surround his grieving family with the love and affection he has shown."
Golden Krust opened its first bakery in 1989 in the Bronx. In 1996, it became the first Caribbean food franchise in the US. There are now 120 restaurants in the chain.