One may find it hard to convince himself that you finally rested, one will be shock to be informed that such a perfect gentleman is no more. I came to know Paul s mendy in 1995 at Kafuta Junior Secondary School as classmates and i build a very strong relationship with him. Because of our closeness, we convinced each other to opt for the same senior secondary and St Peters Technical High School was our choice of school. Upon completing high school, Paul got admitted at the Gambia College, school of Education and specialised in Agricultural Science. He taught in many schools namely Kanifing East Upper Basic School, St Augustine Senior Secondary School and Ndows Comprehensive Junior School where he met his dead.
In Plato’s allegory of metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver and lead. Paul was pure gold, there was gold in his intellectual brilliance, gold in his warmth and humanity, gold in his tolerance and generosity, gold in his unfailing loyalty and sacrifice. As much as i respected him as a school mate and very close friend whom i rely on for advice and assistance in all forms, that is how much i loved him as a man.
“Smile”, a name given to him by our class teacher Mr Suwareh because of his love for peace and the smiling face he always carry and that became his sobriquet name. “Smile” is a man of admirable characters, reliable and trustworthy and get along well with everyone. He is known for his smiles, his soft voice and his laughs. A man that made sure that his family and friends are taken care of even if it meant he had to sacrifice something important to him. Paul was laid to rest in his home village of Demba Kunda in Nuimi.
Smile is survived by a wife and children. Until we meet again brother, Rest in peace.