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Ganesh Sooklal Dies at 80

Ganesh Sooklal

With heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the loss of Ganesh “Sookie” Sooklal born on Aug. 16, 1943, and passed on Aug. 17. He was 80 years old.

He was survived by his wife, Myroon Sooklal; children and in-laws: Joanne and Wilfred Cooksey, Rohan and Jaqueline Sooklal, and Sandra Sooklal; grandchildren: Sahnjun, Brittany, Brandon, Kaliska, Kyle, Zoe and Vashti; great-grandchildren: Grace and Jeremiah; siblings: Ramsaroop Sarran and Dularee Sarran; as well as relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Sookie was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. He relocated with his wife and children to St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 7, 1977. He was a jack of all trades, master of none. In 1989, Sookie and Myroon established M&G’s Restaurant at 75 Corner, Savan. Known for the best roti on the island, he became well-known as the “roti man.” In 1998, Mamie’s House of Roti was established at TuTu Park Mall and closed in 2006.

Sookie was known for his beautiful smile to all who patronized the restaurant. enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends. Many of you who knew him will remember him for his sense of humor — always ready to tell a joke.

He was passionate about gardening and horse racing. Always willing to teach and give advice to his children and grandchildren. He was intelligent, patient and kind!

In 1998, Sookie had a massive heart attack, which led to open heart surgery. After hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017, he relocated to Texas in 2019, where he had a second open heart surgery. While on vacation on his beloved island of St. Thomas, he had a massive stroke on Aug. 6. He is now happily reunited with loved ones and in the arms of his God and Lord Jesus Christ, resting in eternal peace.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us for the celebration of life for a phenomenal man at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 16, at Blyden Memorial Chapel. He will forever be missed.

Expressions of condolences may be made online at www.turnbullsfuneralhome.vi.com. Professional services are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services, 3815 Crown Bay, Suite 10, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services St. Thomas, USVI.

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