Veteran brass band leader Mano Marcellin passed away peacefully at his St Joseph home on Friday night.
In a statement on Facebook, Marcellin’s family announced his death.
“It is with deep sadness that we the members of the Marcellin family announce the passing of our Dad Mano Marcellin.
“Daddy passed away quietly at home on Friday night in the presence of loved ones.
“We would provide updates on arrangements in the coming days. May he rest in peace,” read the post.
Health Minister and St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh leads the public outpouring of condolences;
“Heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr Mano Marcellin ...St Joseph has lost a son. You brought joy to the hearts of many. RIP,” Deyalsingh posted.
Speaking to Sunday Newsday, he said Marcellin was not only a St Joseph constituent but his personal friend since 2009.
“Mano Marcellin was a local musical icon from the big band era in Trinidad and Tobago, an era of great music that we would never see again.
“He was a stalwart of the town of St Joseph.
“He will be sorely missed by all those who remember what he did for music and culture in the early days of independence of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Six years ago, the celebrated musician mourned the sudden death due to a heart attack of his equally talented son Dave, a jazz musician.
Marcellin leaves to mourn his wife Joyce, sons Kurt and Bert also musicians, and daughter Debbie.