By Carmen Glover
As the body of Patricia Boothe, the late editor of Everybody’s Caribbean magazine, is being prepared to be laid to rest, it’s pertinent to share reflections on who she was.
Pat, as she was lovingly called, was the mother of a son, Leon. She was a daughter, sister and friend to many. She was dedicated to the written word, editing Everybody’s magazine in the afternoon hours after sleeping in the mornings because she worked nights as a proofreader for a law firm in Manhattan. I met her in 1998, during my final year of undergraduate studies. She spoke to me, examined my clips and promptly assigned me a series of stories to write. At the same time, she asked me to refer more “quality writers” to her, which I did.
As the years elapsed, I would see her from time to time, but we mostly kept in touch via telephone. When I managed the press office at the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan, she took the time to attend as many events as she could, for which I will always be grateful. When she was unable to attend the events, she would assign a writer. I went to see her in the hospital once in 2001 then visited her at her home in Far Rockaway, Queens, where I was impressed by the collection of her portraits that adorned her home. She explained that a friend had taken the pictures of her. One of the writers of Everybody’s magazine who also shared a close relationship with Pat is Rafika Soaries.
“When I began writing for Everybody’s Caribbean magazine I really did not know what direction I was going to go in. I had a genuine love for the culture and music of the Caribbean but was not an experienced writer. Pat took me under her wing and helped me find myself as a writer. She encouraged me to ‘just write and the words will flow,'” said Soaries. “She gave me confidence and helped me find my rhythm as a young writer. One of her talents as an editor was her ability to flow with the style of the writer and insert the perfect words to enhance the article. Patricia Boothe walked quietly with a big stick and a big smile. She was a phenomenal woman.”
Former Everybody’s magazine managing editor Michelle Stoddart, who is now the director of PR and community development at Resorts World in Queens, New York said in a statement:
“Journalist Pat Boothe loved music and she was never more excited than when a new batch of reggae, soca, or calypso albums hit the market. Her reviews which graced the pages of Everybody’s magazine were informative and compelled you to buy or pass on that new music. Her columns and her great personality will be missed.”
In a press release, Everybody’s magazine Publisher Herman Hall said:
“Pat was very dedicated to me and primarily responsible for the editorial growth of the magazine especially during the decades of 1980s and 1990s. She preferred to be a behind-the-scene person and shunned the limelight. She declined to do interviews with personalities. I am shattered over Pat’s passing. She inspired me and without her EVERYBODY’S would have folded years ago.”
Soroya Brantley, another writer for Everybody’s magazine shared her thoughts as well.
“I was devastated to hear of Pat’s passing. I will miss Pat terribly and am stilly trying to come to terms with this. It is hard to believe that I will never again have her on the phone checking on me, never again taste her fantastic curry goat, never again attend a play or show with her. I can only seek solace in the hope that she is indeed in a better place now.”
Pat’s wake will take place on Friday, June 27 between 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home. The funeral home is located at 92 Wahl Avenue, at the corner of Wahl and John Street, Long Island, NY, 11096. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Good Tidings Gospel Chapel, located at 345 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York, 11233.
Rest in peace, Pat. You touched many lives, nurtured a plethora of talent and made a profound difference in the process You will be missed..–OnPointPress.net.