A former professional golfer who represented Trinidad and Tobago in several local, regional and international tournaments has died of covid19 in Canada.
Bhowanauth Dinanath, also known as Brian Deonauth, 69, died in hospital on Tuesday, ten days after getting the virus.
Dinanath, who was Guyanese by birth, lived at Boodoo Trace in Debe. He was the father of three and grandfather of nine, of whom seven live in Canada and two in Trinidad.
He left Trinidad in December 2019 to visit two of his two adult children who live in Canada, and was expected to return in April 2020. Owing to the closure of TT’s borders to curb the spread of covid19, he extended his stay.
Dinanath’s son Omesh who lives next door, told Newsday the virtual funeral is set for Sunday under Hindu rites.
Omesh said Dinanath moved to Trinidad in 1976.
"He was a great player and travelled all over the world. He had played with Stephen Ames (who plays on the PGA Tour Champions), Chris Harry, Chris Richards Peter Latchman," Omesh said. "He even played for the West Indies team versus Europe in Tobago in 1992 and 1993.
"I just found two gold medals in his house. He was the best player for that tournament. Dunlop (defunct company) sponsored a lot of tournaments in which he participated."
In 1984, Dinanath was featured in a calendar by Dunlop for his involvement in golf.
Part of the caption read, "He made a return to the professional circuit in late 1983 with appearances in the Chaguaramas Development Association Open, the Venezuelan Open, the Dunlop Masters Pro-Am, the Trinidad and Tobago Open, and the Jamaican Open."
Dinanath, who had retired, last worked as an estate constable at Lake Asphalt Ltd.
Omesh said, "My father was a respectable person to everyone. He was well known, maybe by half of TT."