Clyde Anthony Balkaransingh also known as (Papa) was born on December 21, 1933 in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago, to Michael Balkaransingh and Elma DesSources. Clyde completed his education in Trinidad, and worked as a mechanic. He moved to United States in 1976 where he worked as an employee for the 32- BJ Union until he retired in 2001. In 1981, he met the love of his life Mary Avery, whom he later married. Together they raised two sons Raynell and Raquan, as well as four grandchildren: Melody,Patricia, Lakeshia, and Jay. Clyde also played a major role in raising extended family members.
Clyde called everyone “buddy” and had a contagious laugh that warmed hearts regularly. He enjoyed making pepper sauce and sharing it with anyone who desired a taste. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, playing with his remote controlled toys (cars, helicopters, trucks). He loved sports, especially boxing and soccer. Clyde also enjoyed music, sitting outside on warm days, and watching westerns.
Clyde had a big presence in his community. He was a faithful member of the Circle of Support, and was presented with several awards for his service throughout the years. In 2009, Ruben Diaz Jr. the president of the Bronx Borough awarded him the citation of merit. In 2014, he was honored by the City Council for his outstanding community service.
Clyde leaves to mourn his beloved wife Mary, sons, and stepson Richard. Siblings, Trixie, Girlie, Albert and Alberta, Monica and Joan. Four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, as well as three sisters’ in-law, Audry, Roberta, and Cynthia and a host of nieces and nephews. Clyde (Papa) we know that God sent you to us, and we will miss you and cherish you dearly, you will remain in our hearts.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:18 NIV).