Guyanese-born journalist, author Godfrey Wray going home service, Sept. 16

Godfrey Dennis Wray.
Godfrey Dennis Wray.
Photo courtesy Guyana Press Association

An outpouring of sadness was felt across the Guyanese diaspora at the news that esteemed and well-loved journalist, Godfrey Dennis Wray had died at his home in the United States at the age of 78.

Wray, who died on Aug. 31 will be remembered at a going home service on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Barone Funeral Home, 4502 Ave. D, Brooklyn. Viewing will take place from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., followed by a service from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., being officiated by Pastor Rev. Ken David.

The Guyana Press Association (GPA) said that it was saddened at the passing of the reporter and writer who served as a senior journalist at the Daily Chronicle and Guyana Graphic in the 1970s.

The statement added that Wray served as a Sunday editor at the Guyana Chronicle and editor of The Citizen and worked in the media as a sports reporter and sports editor during the 1980s.

Wray who migrated to the United States in the early 2000s and later founded Caribbean Impact, a fortnightly newspaper in New York with colleagues Dennis Nelson and Edgar Henry was a popular, skilled writer who served as senior journalist at the Daily Chronicle and Guyana Graphic in the 1970s.

His global reach extended beyond print, as he traveled extensively to cover major assignments, including Olympic Games, Heads of Government Conferences and state visits, as detailed in his biography for his book, “Beyond Revenge.”

Wray’s journey in journalism began in the early 1960s at what is now the Guyana Chronicle, where he laid the foundation for his illustrious career that was instrumental in shaping the country’s media landscape, said the national newspaper. Despite his globe-trotting adventures as a journalist, his heart remained firmly rooted in the village of Albouystown, Georgetown, before he migrated stated several publications.

The stalwart was described as a great journalist by playwright Francis Quamina Farrier, who posted on social media that the scribe will be missed by many.  “Rest in Peace” said Farrier. The newsman’s work at prominent publications such as the Daily Chronicle and Guyana Graphic during the 1970s spanned decades leaving an indelible mark in journalism in Guyana and beyond and received numerous accolades, including the New York-based Guyana Cultural Association’s Exemplary Award.

Wray’s expertise also extended to editorial roles, where he served as a Sunday editor at the Guyana Chronicle. His contributions to the world of sports journalism were substantial.

Even beyond his editorial roles, Wray’s dedication to sports was evident as he managed Guyana’s table tennis teams during Caribbean Championships. While he was a skilled table tennis player, he chose not to compete at the national level.

The distinguished Wray leaves to mourn, loving family members, colleagues, and scores of friends.