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Anthony Milne dies at 62
Former journalist and writer Anthony Milne has died. He was 62. In a brief telephone interview yesterday, his mother, Patricia, said her son complained of feeling unwell and went to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, last week for tests. While warded there he suffered a massive heart attack around 10.30 am on Sunday, she said. Saying the news of her son’s death has shocked family members, Milne’s mother added: “We did not expect him to die. He just went into the hospital for some tests and then this happened.” She said funeral arrangements were yet to be finalised but it could take place later this week. She described her son as “very quiet” and someone who was passionate about his work. Milne was divorced and had no children.
A former reporter at the Trinidad Express, he also wrote short stories, often humorous. His interest in writing led him away from the family tradition of studying law and into literature.
In the media fraternity, the news of Milne’s passing also came as a shock. General secretary of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers Association (ACM) Wesley Gibbings was unaware Milne had died. “The last time I saw Anthony was at the MATT elections a couple months ago... this is really a shock,” he said. Gibbings began working with Milne at the Daily Express in 1985.
“We were reporters at the Express back then and you could describe Anthony as one of the best ‘wordsmiths’ in local newspapers,” Gibbings recalled. On his personality, Gibbings said Milne was “always very reserved” and also eccentric. “It was very easy to misunderstand him and he would have been a victim of that,” Gibbings added.
T&T Guardian editor in chief Judy Raymond also worked with Milne at the Express. She described him as highly intelligent, with a finely honed sense of humour, gifted but troubled and often passionate to the point of obsession. “I had hoped he would achieve a peaceful old age and I am very sorry to learn that is not to be,” she said yesterday. Publications editor of news and features at the Express Deborah John was taken aback when the T&T Guardian told her Milne had died. A friend of his for many years, John said: “He was a talented person who appreciated literature.”
She also cited the poem, Death Be Not Proud by English poet John Donne, which she said both she and Milne enjoyed reading. “We both used to say that poem to each other a lot. It was the best expression of the sentiment on death,” John added. The poem begins: “Death be not proud, though some have called thee “Mighty and dreadfull, for thou art not so,“For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow “Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”
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