Georgetown, Guyana – (April 26, 2019) His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is saddened at the death of Mr. Frederick Hilborn Talbot, B.A., S.T.M., M.Div., D.Min.
Bishop Talbot was born on October 13, 1927 in Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, Guyana. He served as a Pastor at the St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church, Georgetown from 1961 to 1971.
From 1971-73 he served as representative for Guyana to the United Nations and High Commissioner to Canada from 1973- 1974, followed by two years as resident Ambassador of Guyana to the United States from 1973 to 1975.
He also served Guyana from 1975 to 1980 as resident High Commissioner to Jamaica and High Commissioner to The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Barbados and as Ambassador to Haiti.
His ecumenical work has included service as President of the Guyana Council of Churches; Caribbean Coordinator in Family Life Education for Church World Service; delegate to the 6th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, Canada; President of the Georgia Council of Churches and ecumenical officer of the A.M.E. in a number of locales in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The holder of numerous honorary degrees, Bishop Talbot has written three books, composed texts and music for several hymns and produced a musical CD entitled ‘A Bishop Sings of His Faith.’
Bishop Talbot has had a long and distinguished record of service not only as an AME leader but also as a Pastor and teacher, in the diplomatic service of Guyana and in ecumenical relations.
President Granger extends heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot, relatives and friends during this sad time.