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A memorial service will be held on Monday (Jan. 8) for the Jamaican actor, comedian and broadcaster, Charles Hyatt, O.D., at Our Lady of Grace Church in Palm Bay, Florida beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Hyatt passed away on January 1 in Palm Bay, Florida, after a period of illness.
Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock in a tribute to the comedian, said “Jamaicans everywhere owe a depth of gratitude to Mr. Hyatt for his outstanding contribution and elevation of our cultural performing arts”.
While the country and its Diaspora continue to mourn the loss of another of Jamaica’s cultural icon, the Consul General continued, “we are all the more saddened that he should depart from us just as he inherited the mantle from the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, O.M, O.J.”. Jamaica’s internationally renowned folklorist, Miss Lou, died at the age of 86 last July.
Mr. Hyatt’s career spanned many years as a cultural ambassador, spreading Jamaica’s culture worldwide, as an entertainer.
Sydney Roberts, Director of Jamaica Awareness Incorporated, a South Florida-based cultural organization, remembers Mr. Hyatt as being kind and thoughtful while he worked with him on several productions in the South Florida community. Mr. Roberts referred to the cultural icon as the “ultimate professional who was always to help to make the best of his performances”.
Mr. Hyatt was also remembered as a great storyteller and also for his many comedic acts as he appeared to many sold-out performances when he entertained the Jamaican Diaspora in South Florida theatres.
For many years, along with actress and broadcaster Fae Ellington, Mr. Hyatt also emceed the annual ReggaeSoca Awards at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, produced by Jamaica’s Winsome Charlton, of Hi-Class Promotions.
Marlon Hill, Jamaica Diaspora Advisory representative for the Southern USA in a tribute to Mr. Hyatt also expressed sorrow at “the loss of another of Jamaica’s cultural treasures. But I am also inspired by his infectious, creative spirit and sense of humor to ensure that our heritage is preserved for generations to share and cherish”.
Consul General Allicock along with Mr. Hill and other community leaders will attend the memorial service in Palm Bay. Mr. Hyatt was born in Kingston in February 1931 and is survived by his wife and four daughters.