Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne dead at 57

Nayaba Arinde and Stephon Johnson | 12/3/2017, 10:40 a.m.
The local, national and international Caribbean Diaspora community is reeling from the untimely death of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of ...
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“It was a shocking surprise to learn of the loss of Lowell Hawthorne,” said Assembly Member Michael Blake. “Our team is sending his family and the entire Golden Krust team love, prayers and strength. Golden Krust is a hallmark in our community, located in our assembly district and employs hundreds of our residents. I’ve had the honor of collaborating and spending time with the Hawthorne family, a pillar in the minority and women business enterprises space, and who regularly provides community support.

“One never fully knows what someone is going through, so please take this moment to check on your loved ones, friends and colleagues as we don’t know the pain the Hawthorne family is experiencing right now. As a Jamaican American, I send my heartfelt blessings to his family. From our family to his own: Walk good, Mr. Hawthorne.”

Freelance photographer and friend of the Hawthorne family Margot Jordan told the Amsterdam News as she poured through hundreds of photographs for the paper, “All I know about Lowell is love. He was contributed so much to the community—from the Bronx to throughout this country and the Caribbean. He was always giving of himself to his family, his friends and his international community. He was love.”

Council Member I. Daneek Miller said, “We are at a loss to conceive the notion that Lowell Hawthorne, the baker’s son from the Jamaican hilltop community of Border, whose culinary gifts and can-do spirit gave birth to a surging restaurant and food retail enterprise that employs several hundred people in locations across America, is now gone to us. Since its creation, Golden Krust has always been more than a franchise. It is both an expression of cultural pride and devotion to community. I wish to extend my condolences to the Hawthorne family for the sudden and untimely passing of their beloved Lowell. We will not soon forget the many contributions of the man who took the taste of the Caribbean to the world.”

“Brooklyn mourns the tragic loss of Lowell Hawthorne, founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill and a true icon in our Caribbean-American community,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Lowell was a friend to me and tens of thousands of New Yorkers, serving as an inspiration to entrepreneurs of color in the example of his own immigrant story. Through the humble Jamaican patty, he introduced Caribbean culture to people across America. I send my support to Lowell’s family at this difficult time.

“As we try to comprehend this painful loss, we reflect on the importance of community and support networks to help handle life’s difficult challenges. In this holiday season, which can be a silent struggle for many among us, I ask those in need to reach out and speak out if and when they have personal pain, including by calling 888-NYC-WELL for free, confidential assistance. None of us are alone.”

The community will have a chance to pay their respects Saturday, Dec. 9. A candlelight vigil will be held at the first Golden Krust store at 1381 E. Gun Hill Rd. in the Bronx from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.