Caribbean Life journalist Azad Ali dead at 78

Azad Ali
Caribbean Life freelancer Azad Ali.
Courtesy Azad Ali’s family

Caribbean Life freelance journalist Azad Anhar Ali who was based in Trinidad and Tobago has died at the age of 78 in his homeland.

Ali, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend was a truly amazing, professional, hardworking and outstanding journalist.

He was a dedicated and long-standing journalist with Caribbean Life newspaper contributing a package of Caribbean news in ‘Caribbean RoundUp’, sports coverage and other general news. He made his contribution up to the last, even during some of his most difficult health battles. Caribbean Life would like to extend its deepest sympathies to his family.

Ali was born on March 9, 1945 and passed on March 14,2023. He lived at Malabar, Arima, Trinidad with his common-law wife of 18 years, Sumatie Samaroo. He had three daughters Debbie, Cheryl and Denyse from his previous relationship. He also has two beautiful grand-daughters  Samantha and Amanda.

He was born to his mother Ruby Ali and father Majmul Ali.In his early years, Azad lived and grew up with his grandparents Doon and Najiban Ali, his brother Kamal and aunt Muslima Ameerali, at Fishing Pond Village, Sangre Grande, Trinidad where he grew up with a lot of love and support the from all his family members  before moving to Arima at the age of 21, where he spent most of his adult life.

Azad has worked in the publishing industry for approximately 45-50 years, where he was employed by all major newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these include, The Express, The Guardian, The Newsday, The Mirror, The Bomb and most recent The Sunshine newspaper. He wrote a special column every week on horse racing, which took place at the Santa Rosa Horse Racing Arena, in Arima, Trinidad.

He was a dedicated, well known, well respected, well loved and excellent journalist. He was also a mentor to many young and aspiring journalists.

Azad will be remembered by many, leaving behind his legacy in journalism and reporting, a task that only a few would attempt and even fewer would achieve. He would definitely be missed by all who knew him.