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My condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.
Over the years I looked forward to reading the various topics in his column. I once deemed his residence a cultural museum due to the quality and quantity of records in his possession, to all of which he enjoyed listening.
Rest in peace my brother.
One Caribbean Media
For immediate release
8 February 2011
The management and staff of Trinidad Express Newspapers, in common with those of sister companies in the One Caribbean Media Group, and the media community generally, mourn the passing today of Keith Smith, a member of the founding editorial team of the Express in June 1967.
Over his decades at the Express, Mr Smith worked as a reporter, a feature writer, editor, editor-at-large and, with greatest distinction, as a columnist. It is in that last capacity that the Keith Smith name became a household word, identified with flair, insight, and popular appeal.
Generations of journalists will remember him as a source of editorial leadership, inspiration, and such coaching as could be imparted only by a master of the craft. An accomplished media professional, Mr Smith maintained a wide range of interests and a lively journalistic curiosity.
As the Caribbean Communications Network expanded into the Caribbean, his skills and experiences were also made available to related media companies in Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, and elsewhere in the region.
The One Caribbean Media group shares a sense of loss with the colleagues and former colleagues of Mr Smith, and the journalistic fraternity generally. In particular, OCM offers condolences to the family of Keith Smith and to his many friends and associates in Laventille and other communities with which he was involved.
Chief Executive Officer
One Caribbean Media
I never knew him, but I mourn his passing almost as though I did.
His was a largeness of spirit that could be felt by anyone reading his prose, which was as heavy as the man himself, yet as light and elusive as a thought that defies articulation. With some writers you don't want to know what those elusive thoughts might be, but with Keith the space created by his prose always seemed a welcoming one, worth exploring. I shall miss him.
May YHWH forget all his sins, smile upon him, and keep his name written in the book of life. At his ample best he certainly deserves to be there.
My condolences go out to his family.
- Big Sid
Bon Voyage Keith ... we never met in life but I have always admired your crystal clear observations, your subtle wit and, above, your unquestionable love for country and for pan. Condolences to your family
Brian Copeland and the Steelpan Initiatives Project Team
My Condolences to Keith's family, I grew up in Laventille with Keith, he was a regular fixture by the play-ground for football. The last time I saw him was at my brother's funeral in 2008, Keith was a very good man and very good son of Success Viliage. Rest In Peace!