Life’s Work: Chapter 6


Life’s Work: Chapter 6: Reunions and more

Now back in New York, Kazim set about finishing coordinate the Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary in the New York area. And the event was held in October at the residence of Sheldon Gomes in Long Island, New York.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.In this Long Island, New York photo, from left – Dave Lalla, Kazim Abasali, Carlton Seedansingh, and Sheldon Gomes. These guys – Dave, Carlton and Sheldon helped overwhelmingly to make this Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary New York Reunion happen.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 5 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.And of course, our honored guest for the Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary New York Reunion was Fitzgerald ‘Lutch’ Baboolal. ‘Lutch’ was one of the longest serving teachers of the college. Thanks also to his younger brother Noel ‘Corky’ Baboolal for his support.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 4 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Also in attendance were specially invited friends Clinton Narine (left in photo), and Cliff Betrand. Cliff is like a mentor to our younger generation, while Clinton serves our country’s citizens as an officer with Trinidad & Tobago Consulate in New York.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 6 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Cliff Betrand (left) mentoring some of our younger generation at our reunion. Sheridon Hill (2nd from left, next to Cliff) came from Washington, District of Columbia, the USA capital, to attend this reunion.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.In the catering department, Michael Lopez, his wife Kathleen, and family excelled. What a treat!!!

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 3 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.And here is our Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary New York Reunion group. Thanks to all here who came together to make this reunion a reality. It is to their credit, and family and friends, that the event materialized. Supporting with phone calls to invite friends, transportation, eats, drinks, and financial donations. The enthusiasm and love was felt. Friendships were renewed, and blossomed over the ensuing years. Thanks to Sheldon (and his family) for opening his heart and his home to us. We cherish the memories.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 8 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim (left) with  Fitzgerald ‘Lutch’ Baboolal, Clinton Narine (extreme right in photo) and his wife Sandra.

Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary NY 9 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.A close bond developed at the Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary New York Reunion. Trevor Matthews (extreme right) serves as a support system for Fitzgerald ‘Lutch’ Baboolal (next to Matthews).

After the  Holy Cross College Arima 50th Anniversary New York Reunion, the friendships that were rekindled continued. Dave Lalla would prove to be source of strength for our overseas-based Holy Cross College fraternity. Constant phone calls to know how one was doing were the order of the day. And personal visits would say how much loving care  there was and still continues.

Holy Cross College Arima  NY Friendship 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Brooklyn, New York, (from left) Dave Lalla,Fitzgerald ‘Lutch’ Baboolal, Kazim Abasali, and Noel ‘Corky’ Baboolal (seated in front). A visit with ‘Lutch’ and ‘Corky’.

Holy Cross College Arima NY Friendship 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.In this Brooklyn, New York photo, Dave Lalla and Kazim Abasali Christmas visit with Fitzgerald ‘Lutch’ and Marina Baboolal. Both ‘Lutch’ and Marina served as Holy Cross College Arima teachers.

Holy Cross College Arima NY Friendship 3 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Another  set of Holy Cross College Arima New York friendships that blossomed. Photo taken in New Jersey, USA, at the home of Ralph Jennings (extreme left). Next to Ralph is Kazim Abasali, Dave Lalla, and Mark Cross (extreme right). Ralph and Dave really care for, and serve our overseas-based alumni in any way they can.

Kazim continued serving with his Holy Cross College Arima New York group. His friendship with Dave Lalla would grow immensely. And ways would develop to serve one another. Dave supported Kazim by making use of his enormous skills as a computer specialist, involving him in many projects. And Ralph Jennings would also go on to support Kazim tremendously as well.

Life’s Work: Chapter 7