Lady Lois Ramphal, wife of Sir Shridath passes away

The late Lady Lois Ramphal in the company of the late Nelson and Winne Mandela

The Government and people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana have extended deepest condolences to Sir Shridath Ramphal on the passing of his beloved wife, Lady Lois Ramphal.

According to the statement from the Guyana Gvernment, Lady Ramphal was a pillar of strength throughout their 70 years of marriage. The statement also indicated that her constant companionship, unfailing support and keen interest undoubtedly contributed in no small measure to the successful fulfillment of her husband’s pivotal role in national, regional and international endeavours.

The statement added that the Government and people of Guyana express the hope that their many thoughts and prayers will sustain Sir Shridath, their children and grandchildren and the extended Ramphal family over this difficult period of their loss.

She started her working life at 18 as a State Registered Nurse in England, becoming a senior theatre nurse at a young age.

After she married Sir Shridath and moved to Guyana in 1953, she volunteered as a Nurse and worked at the Leper Colony with Lady (Dr, Patricia) Rose – not a task anyone envied her, but she chose it because it made a difference to a vulnerable group who needed care.

With her husband, she lived in Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica, supporting him in his work in the West Indian Federal Government in Trinidad, as a lawyer in private practice in Jamaica and in Guyana while he served as Attorney-General and Foreign Minister; then on to the UK where during his 15 years as Commonwealth Secretary-General, she looked after the formal and social engagements, rubbing shoulders with Her Majesty the Queen, and Commonwealth leaders from every continent.  Her years in Barbados were treasured for its tranquility and her painting – she produced a painting every year which became the Ramphals’ Christmas card to their many friends around the world.

Despite all that, her greatest joy was her life with her children and grandchildren.   She was the anchor of the family’s life, the confidant of everyone’s anxieties, a font of sound advice, and the glue that held everything together.

A light has truly gone out in the lives of us all.