By Sir Lionel Luckhoo
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Lokhooa and his brothers, aged 13, 11 and seven, crossed the Indian and Pacific oceans aboard the Victor Emanuel, and were assigned to a sugar plantation as indentured labor. Lokhooa converted to Christianity, thereafter calling himself Moses Luckhoo. When, after years of hard work, he had saved enough to buy his way out of his indentures, he qualified as an interpreter. He went on to open several provision stores, eventually becoming one of New Amsterdam's richest merchants. Lionel's father, Edward Alfred, one of Moses’ six sons, became the first East Indian solicitor in the colony in 1899, and later Mayor of New Amsterdam.
He had always been a Christian, but in later years he became, as he put it, "an ambassador for Jesus". He founded his mission in 1980, preached around the world, and wrote pamphlets with such titles as Dear Atheist and God is Love. Luckhoo married, first (dissolved 1972), Sheila Chamberlin; they had two sons and three daughters, who survive him, with his second wife, Jeannie. (CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana) 15 December 1997 CONDOLENCE MESSAGE ON DEATH OF SIR LIONEL LUCKHOO It is with deep regret that the Community has learnt of the death of Guyanese born Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo QC CBE.
Honours: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1962). Knighted in 1966. Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (1969). Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the category "Most Successful Lawyer" for obtaining 245 consecutive murder-charge acquittals. Notes: Lionel Luckhoo was the leader of the National Labour Front (NFL), which won only one seat in the General Elections of 1957. He was an avid fan of the Turf and owned racehorses in Guyana and England.