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LTM will miss theatre designer Michael Lorde

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

On Monday, July 10, the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) family learned that architect and dedicated theatre designer Michael Lorde had passed away.

He had been ill for a short time, and died suddenly at Andrews Memorial Hospital where he had gone for emergency treatment.

Lorde served for more than 20 years, creating scenery which varied from cricket stands, mansions and old country houses to scenes under the sea. Lorde's work extended beyond the LTM, as he created costumes and staging for events such as the Independence Grand Gala, earning him the respect of many in the Jamaican theatre fraternity.

"It is hard to imagine already, what it will be like when the curtain goes up on the Pantomime on Boxing Day (December 26) and Michael will not be there," read a statement from the LTM.

Lorde was a senior architect with renowned firm Marvin Goodman and Associates, who found time to serve the Jamaica Institute of Architects as vice president and the LTM as treasurer to the board. He was also a lecturer at the University of Technology, where he trained students of architecture.

The LTM family's statement continued: "It was a shock for us all, his friends and colleagues and especially his parents, Leroy and Joy Lorde, and his brother, Roger. He leaves behind the memories of one who never failed to give of his best. As old-timers would say, 'Walk good, Michael, walk good'."