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Tributes to popular waitress

Lyntour Hassell

Popular waitress Lyntour Hassell, a mother of four known to many for her long career at Bermuda Bistro at the Beach, has died at the age of 44.

A memorial service in celebration of her life was held over the weekend at the Sandys Secondary Middle School, which she attended in her school days.

Ms Hassell was a fixture at the Front Street establishment over much of its two decades in operation, with owner Rick Olson telling The Royal Gazette in 2015 that her children had grown up there.

She is survived by children Touriqco Hassell, Asha Hassell, Tourrae Hassell and Keyanna Tweed.

Ms Hassell, who passed away in December, acknowledged her long career in the industry and the friends she had made when she spoke with this newspaper two years ago as colleagues rallied around her for treatment of a sudden condition brought on by a blood clot in her leg.

Gratified by the show of support from staff and ordinary people, Ms Hassell said: “I have been in the hospitality business for a long time and you see people on a regular basis and you speak to them, but when things happen like this you wouldn’t think that so many people would be concerned. Everyone has messaged me and the support has been overwhelming. People are very concerned about my condition; I wouldn’t think people would even care.”

On that occasion, when the Beach organised a medical benefit on Ms Hassell’s behalf, Mr Olson commended her as someone who had proved herself reliable and “overall just an excellent person”, adding: “I have a lot of respect for her.”