July 21st, 2019
I would like to say how deeply shocked and saddened I am at the passing of Raymond Choo Kong...writer, actor, producer, director, teacher, role model...so many things to so many
people..but most of all, just a good person. For the past forty years, his sense of humor and comedic expression has lit up our literary landscape, chasing away the shadows, bringing us joy and happiness, even as we struggled with the changing times.
I first met Raymond many years ago when we were a part of Helen Camps Trinidad Tent Theatre. We remained friends over the years, always greeting each other with the Trini, “Wha’ happenin’, long time no see!”
Whenever I think of him, I go back to those early days and events which influenced the direction which so many of us took, as we ventured into the world of the arts, struggling to survive. But as many have discovered, success is not the size of the audience, but the achievement of the purpose, the impact of the message on those who are meant to hear. In Raymond’s work there was a message done in his style. He will be missed but always remembered in the work that he has done.
The Circle of Poets of Trinidad and Tobago and the Poet Laureate offers our heartfelt condolences to Raymond’s family and the theatre fraternity. May he rest in peace.
From the Desk of the Poet Laureate