April 18, 2021

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Former UG valedictorian Michael George, drowns two days before birthday

A FORMER University of Guyana valedictorian drowned last Sunday at the “Parika Back”, just two days shy of his 32nd birthday. His family members are contending that all is not adding up in the circumstances surrounding the young man’s death.

Dead: Michael George

A FORMER University of Guyana valedictorian drowned last Sunday at the “Parika Back”, just two days shy of his 32nd birthday. His family members are contending that all is not adding up in the circumstances surrounding the young man’s death.
Dead is Michael George, a father of two from La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara (WCD), who went to the waterside last Sunday with three other friends for a pre-birthday hang. George is said to have drowned between 16:00 hours and 17:00 hours, after taking off his clothes, walking into the water, and going under.

Condolences have since been pouring in on social media as persons mourned George’s passing, as he was remembered as a bright young mind. George was described as an academic trailblazer, graduating as valedictorian of the West Demerara Secondary School class of 2005, before going on to graduate as valedictorian for the UG class of 2010, where he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. He graduated with distinction and earned the President’s Medal.

George also has a PhD in Biochemistry Engineering from the University of Alberta and was working as a lecturer at the Texila American University and also taught fifth and Sixth Form classes at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan School.
“He was an awesome person, a very kind hearted, diligent, compassionate person. He was always willing to help, since he returned from Canada he would always be trying to help someone in whatever way. He’s a humble young man,” conveyed George’s brother, Christopher George.

Speaking with Guyana Guardian, Christopher said that he was at his home in Canal Number Two when he got the call informing him of his brother’s demise. He said news of his brother’s death was a shock to him, as his last conversation with his brother was actually one where he cautioned him against going into the water at the very spot where he died.
Christopher said he had last spoken to his brother last Friday when the subject of drinking came up and his brother mentioned that he frequents the Parika spot with friends since the closure of most hang out spots due to the COVID-19 measures.

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