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KEITH ALWYN MANBODH
August 2, 1948 ~ July 21, 2022 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Keith Alwyn Manbodh entered this life on August 2, 1948, he was the second of six children born to Charles and Joyce Manbodh of Aurora, Essequibo, in Guyana, South America.
During the very early stages of his life, Keith’s parents recognized that he had a mind of his own, he strong-willed and not easily swayed – to convince Keith of anything you had to have a clear and logical explanation, and he maintained this character trait throughout his life. Following basic education at Aurora Primary School, Keith attended Indian Education Trust, High School in Georgetown where his charisma made him equally popular with teachers and students. The older students admired his aptitude to mathematics while the younger students revered his performance at the sport of cricket. He played cricket with a passion; as a younger child when Keith was the batsman if--in his opinion--he was outed too soon, he would walk away with the bat which meant; end of the game for everyone.
Keith was an avid reader, after graduating from high school he immediately secured employment at the Guyana Lithographic as a clerk, however that could not satisfy his inquisitive mind, he knew that his world could not stop at a job and a livelihood. So in July 1967 he migrated to the United States and registered at one of New York’s technical colleges, he was happy because he was learning something new. After graduating from technical college Keith felt the desire to give back; he joined the United States Army and proudly retired as Sergeant after four years of service.
In his quest for challenges and to reconnect with his love for numbers, Keith sought training and subsequently became a
financial Analyst on Wall Street, thereafter advancing to the position of Vice President at Merrill Lynch. Upon retirement from Merrill Lynch Keith joined the staff at H&R Block in Miami as a Tax Advisor, the position he held until his demise.
Attempting to fully describe such a gentleman is near impossible since he was a complex yet disciplined individual. He enjoyed his job and did it very well, some considered him a workaholic but despite his constant drive to stay busy at all times, he did allow himself time to relax watching his favorite sports--football and basketball. He willingly shared his knowledge and experience for the benefit of his family and friends, but he spared no criticism if his time and effort were unappreciated or not utilized. He loved his siblings deeply and he cherished his nephews and nieces. Although Keith lived in Miami, Florida more than 25 years his mantra was to connect and speak with at least one of his siblings everyday.
After a brief illness Keith departed this life on July 21, 2022 with the blessing of his two loving sisters at his bedside. He is survived by an only son Ryan Keith Manbodh.
Sisters: Joycelyn Molly DeCruise and Jacquelyn Gem Manbodh. Brothers: Mervyn (Nalini), Franklyn “Frank” (Maxine), and Samuel “Sam” (Andrea).
He was uncle to Marilyn, Karlo, Mervyn (Jr.), and Malissa. José, Dion, Lenore and Daryl. Renata, Blossom, Darren, Abigail, Atasha, Shawn, Ariana, Afena, Simeon, Stephanie & Ariel.
Great uncle to fourteen others and great-great uncle of two. He will be sorely missed; his good deeds will remain forever in the hearts of his family and friends.
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In lieu of flowers Keith has requested that donations be sent to the Keith Manbodh Education Fund