The Kolkata Press Club flag was flown at the half-mast on Thursday as a token of respect for its departed former president who served from 2008 to 2009.
Kolkata: Veteran journalist Shyamal Baran Roy, who was suffering from cancer, passed away on Wednesday at his Kolkata residence. Roy was 58. The Kolkata Press Club expressed its grief and the club flag was flown at the half-mast on Thursday as a token of respect for its departed former president who served from 2008 to 2009.
In a statement, the Press Club said, “Press Club, Kolkata, deeply mourns the sad and sudden demise of Club’s former President and Senior Journalist, Shyamal Baran Roy (SBR), who breathed his last at his Salt Lake residence last evening (27 April 2022). He was 58 years of age and was staying alone after his mother’s death in February last year.
He studied in Don Bosco School, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. He worked in PTI for several years and took voluntary retirement some years back. He, then, was into Book Publishing and brought out some serious titles. He had a flair for writing and was very knowledgeable on various issues including religion and inter faith. He was a disciple of the Ramakrishna Math. He attended the conferment of Sainthood ceremony of St. (Mother) Teresa in Rome.”
It added, “He was known for his sombre nature and friendly behaviour. He was the President of Press Club, Kolkata in the year 2008-2009. He was liked by his colleagues for his amiable and helpful nature. Press Club, Kolkata, pays rich tribute to the Club’s departed President and sends its deep condolences to his bereaved friends, colleagues and acquaintances.”