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Bronx, New York ( Mckoy’s News) – Lowell Hawthorne Vigils: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is staging two candlelight vigils to celebrate Lowell Hawthorne was found with a single gunshot wound to his head, in an apparent suicide last Saturday evening.
Hawthorn, founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, served as Director/Chairman of the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI).
Lowell Hawthorne Vigils:
The vigils will be held concurrently in the United States and Jamaica.
The vigil in Jamaica will be held at the Undercroft at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
The vigil in the United States will be held at the first Golden Krust location ever opened at East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York.
Hawthorn, 57, shot himself inside his Park Avenue factory, in the Bronx at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Jamaican-born Lowell Hawthorn opened the first Golden Krust restaurant in the Bronx on E. Gun Hill Road in 1989 and went to build the largest patty franchise in the United States. There are now over 120 Golden Krust stores in the US.
Hawthorn’s success came when he migrated to the U.S. in 1981, worked as an accountant for the NYPD, then decided to build a bakery in model of his Grandfathers bakery back home. Golden Krust later became the first Caribbean owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license.
All appeared well with the Golden Krust owner, as he even appeared on the American show ” Undercover Boss” in May of 2016.
His 2012, memoir titled, “The Baker’s Son,” where he tells of his humility in carrying the legacy of his grandfather to the United states.
Hawthorne is survived by his wife Lorna and his four children who all worked for the company: Daren, a lawyer who’s corporate counsel; Omar, director of franchising; Monique who runs the company’s foundation and Haywood, vice president of manufacturing.
Mr. Hawthorn is said to have left a suicide note regarding legal issues.