December 15, 2017 by Administrator
The recent death of 57-year-old businessman Lowell Hawthorne is a great tragedy. CEO and founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Hawthorne was so successful, so young and full of so much promise. He was a man of faith who cared deeply for his family, his community and his country.
Another great tragedy is that it took Hawthorne’s death for much of America to discover who he was. A role model known for his business acumen and caring heart, Hawthorne built a successful business that thrived even during downturns in the economy. A devoted husband and father, Hawthorne never said no to community requests and was a Jamaican immigrant who was a shining star throughout his homeland. Children all over New York looked up to him as a scholarship-bearing hero who turned a beef patty into a financial empire. They believed that if Hawthorne could come from such humble beginnings and succeed, they could too.
Selfless and generous, Hawthorne made many contributions to education and other uplift causes. He never forgot growing up in Jamaica with his 10 siblings and parents in a house that had no running water or lights. He arrived in America at age 21 with nothing, until he and family members borrowed money from everyone they knew to start one small bakery in Queens.
By 2016, Hawthorne had over 120 stores in 9 states and supplied 18,000 dollar and grocery stores. Just last year his Golden Krust franchise was featured on the television series Undercover Boss where Hawthorne predicted that every American would be eating Golden Krust patties by 2020.
News reports indicate that Hawthorne’s death may have been related to business-related debt issues. Unfortunately, the pressures of debt can obscure the reality that such issues can always be resolved. But whatever the cause of his death or the pressures he was facing, Hawthorne didn’t owe as much to anyone as we owe to him for teaching us how to create our own success.
Hawthorne’s legacy will remain proud and strong. We, as a people, need to get to know and appreciate our heroes while they are with us. We need to lean on each other and realize our own potential so that we will truly be masters of our fates, and free.