The Guyanese media fraternity was plunged into mourning on Monday with news of the passing of journalist Ursulla Ramdayal.
Ms. Ramdayal died on Monday after reportedly suffering a stroke just over a month ago. She worked for over two decades in the local media and last worked as a Communications Officer for the Government Information Agency.
The Guyana Press Association issued a statement on her passing.
“The Guyana Press Association offers deepest condolences to the immediate family and friends of our media colleague Ursulla Ramdayal.
Mrs Ramdayal’s passing, untimely as it seems, is a stark reminder of the need for us to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers’ in this fraternity.
While many of us lost touch with her in the past months, her work throughout the media did not go unnoticed.
Mrs Ramdayal had a long relationship with the media which started as a proof reader at the Guyana Chronicle Newspaper in 1986 until 2009. During that time, she also served as a freelance writer for the Sunday edition of the papers and worked as a Legal Clerk/Secretary to the Programme Manager of the then Guyana Broadcasting Corporation.
Her posts after that were many and include a Freelance Announcer/Operator/Producer for GBC and then a Trainee Operator/Video Editor at Channel 12, Editor of Video Production and the Programme Producer of CNS 6 where she also served as News Editor, Anchor and Producer at Channel 6.
Mrs Ramdayal would later move to the Evening News at VCT Channel 28, where she was employed as a Senior Reporter and Newsroom Editor and then to GWTV Channel 2, where she served as the Editor – in – Chief.
Her last post was as a Communications Officer at the Government Information Agency (GINA) in 2011, where she remained until July 2015.
Mrs Ramdayal always had a ready smile and was never too busy to help a colleague. She was well liked in the media and never shied away from an assignment. She was well known for interacting with colleagues on every level.
She was the mother of three children and resided at Canal Number 1, West Bank Demerara.”