Tributes are still pouring in for veteran mas man, Lionel Jagessar who died at his San Fernando home earlier today.
Mayor of San Fernando Junia Regrello posted:
I have just returned from the home of Lionel Jaggersar Snr, who passed peacefully this morning.
“Lio” as he was fondly known was a giant in his field, his passing has left a void in the Carnival fraternity that would be difficult to fill. Our city has lost a great one.
On behalf of the city of San Fernando l extend my heartfelt condolences to his dear wife Rose, Lionel Jnr and the rest of his family in their moment of grief.
May he find eternal rest.
In a statement shared on Facebook, Creative Director of Lost Tribe, Valmiki Maharaj said the Jagessars have been a part of carnival “for as long as I have known Carnival itself.
“As I made my way through the alleyways of design and inspiration as a young designer, Mr Jagessar and his wife Aunty Rose were always close with a kind word, smile and laughter, always knowing the encouragement I and all around our camp needed at the right time,” he posted.
“I will always remember visiting their home and him walking through his workshop filled with beauty, history and stories in every corner. His work and the work of his family are works of art…he leaves a long legacy behind.I will remember him for his kindness and dedication to our culture, always.”
Also paying tribute to the cultural icon was photographer Maria Nunes.
“Tears are in my eyes and heart to learn of the passing of Lionel Jagessar Snr this morning at his home in San Fernando,” she posted. “He was always so welcoming, so warm, so generous. It was a privilege to know him. He was truly a giant in the traditional mas community. Fancy Indian mas has lost a true master of the tradition. My heart goes out to his beloved wife Rosemarie, his son Lionel Jagessar Jr and their entire family.”
Kalicharan Carnival posted: “We join the mas and culture fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago in mourning the loss of a mas icon; Lionel Jagessar Senior. Lionel will be fondly remembered as one of the most iconic designers of traditional Indian mas in San Fernando. Our condolences go out to his wife and his entire family and the entire Lionel Jagessar & Associates team.”
Lionel Jagessar died at his home this morning after being unwell for several days.
The veteran mas man is known internationally as a pioneer of Indian Mas.
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