Bronx, New York ( Mckoy’s News) – Lowell Hawthorn, founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribben Bakery & Grill killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, December 2, 2017, as per New York Detectives.
Mckoy’s News learnt that, 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 death has rocked both US and Jamaica. He was considered a business pioneer for Jamaica, so much that even the Prime Min. Andrew Holness sent a tweet of condolence.
His family friend Wayne Muschamb said Lowell Hawthorn was an inspiration to his fellow Jamaicans. “Look how far he reached, he is known from here to Jamaica, I’m kind of lost for words, man. This has got me shocked.” Lamented Muschamb.
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.
He was the chairman of the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica.
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.