By Carma Henry

Lowell Hawthorne

Lowell Hawthorne

Golden Krusts founder dies at 57

By Howard Campbell, From the Westside Gazette

At 57, Lowell Hawthorne was living the American Dream. Originally from rural Jamaica, he migrated to the United States in the 1980s, served in the police force and attended college, before launching the ultra-successful Golden Krust restaurant franchise with relatives.

But 120 outlets in nine states and respect among his peers was not enough to prevent Hawthorne from taking his life on December 2 at the Golden Krust factory in The Bronx, New York. That’s the borough where the first Golden Krust opened in 1989.

It has been reported that Hawthorne was being investigated for tax evasion and had being sued by employees for failing to make overtime payments. Both claims have not been substantiated.

As investigators search for the truth, the tributes for Hawthorne roll in. From the Prime Minister of Jamaica to members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, he is remembered as the immigrant success story.

“My condolences to the friends, family and employees of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill. He headed the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the US, with more than 120 stores,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted.

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Source:: The Westside Gazette