Remembered as a ‘compassionate visionary’

May his soul forever rest in peace

Dec 21st, 2017

Author – Kishakerone

As many across the United States, as well as the rest of the world, are by now aware, the Golden Krust CEO, Lowell Hawthorne, has died from what has been described as an apparent suicide. He was found with a gun shot wound inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., according to sources. Hawthorne was 57 at the time of his untimely death. Yesterday, a massive funeral was held for the Golden Krust founder in Brooklyn at a packed Christian Cultural Center.

The New York Daily news reports the following:

The widow of Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne broke her silence at his massive funeral in Brooklyn Tuesday, writing that his shocking suicide left her family heartbroken and grasping for answers.

Lorna Hawthorne called her husband a “Phenomenal Extraordinaire” as she shared her first personal sentiments in a tribute on the back of a 45-page printed program.

“My husband was a visionary, a dreamer, a motivator, a courageous and compassionate person,” she said in the message to the more than 4,500 mourners who packed the Christian Cultural Center to capacity.

“You were my confidant, a faithful and loving husband, the greatest Dad our children could ever wish for and a tower of strength to our family,” she said.

Mourners join vigil at Golden Krust eatery to honor its founder

“Though you left us with many tears and questions-we must continue our life and will see you in paradise,” she wrote.

The meat pie mogul, 57, died Dec. 2 after shooting himself in the head inside his Golden Krust factory in the Bronx. Police recovered the gun and a note, but authorities did not reveal what the message said.

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Two former employees filed a proposed class action lawsuit days later, saying the company failed to pay them overtime wages. Hawthorne already was facing a different overtime lawsuit and significant tax debt when he died, sources said.

One of his four children seemed to allude to the growing work stress in his eulogy delivered Tuesday.

“You are now in eternal peace. Fret no more,” son Haywood Hawthorne, a vice president at Golden Krust, told the crowd.

Hawthorne’s daughter choked back tears as she described losing her “best friend.”

“For anyone who knows me, you know my dad was my first love,” Monique Hawthorne said from the stage. “As a father-daughter duo, we fit together quite well. He was the yin to my yang.”

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