Mrs. Hyacinth Hinds (also known lovingly as Cinthy) was born on April 16th, 1920, to the late Isiah and Sarah Howell in Berbice, Guyana. She was the sister of the late Philbert Howell and the late Carmen Howell Heber, both of whom she loved very dearly. She graduated from the Carnegie School of Home Economics in Georgetown.
Hyacinth was a master seamstress who produced custom-made clothing for clients, family and friends. She created her own patterns and was known for her detailed embroidery work.
At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was a dedicated member of Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church in Guyana. She served faithfully in the choir, the Ladies’ Guild where she worked her way up to president and was treasurer of The Ladies of Charity.
Many can attest to her generous and caring spirit. Hyacinth opened her home and heart to many. There was always room for extended family and friends who needed a place to stay. Many times there were entire families that were offered refuge. She was always welcoming to her children’s many friends. Guests were always able to get a meal regardless if they dropped by unannounced. Her door was literally and figuratively always open.
Hyacinth married Wilson Hinds in 1945 and they were blessed with six children – Carol Harry (married to Ronald Harry); Ava Robinson (married to Deryck Robinson); Wilson Hinds Jr. (married to Pamella Hinds); Owen Hinds (married to Ramona Hinds); Lyndon Hinds (was married to Diane Hinds) and Jacqueline Schroeder (married to Cleland Schroeder). She was also a caring stepmother to Waddington Odwin.
Hyacinth was a devoted and loving Grandmother to Andrea Harry Bibbs, Travis Christopher Harry, Maj. Anthony Robinson, Gavin Robinson, Lavina Robinson, Katherine Robinson Jenkins, Jason, Stacy Hinds, Omadele Livingstone Hinds, the late Sven Hinds, Dale Hinds, Atricia Hinds, Marsdon Hinds, Sarah Hinds, Jessica Hinds, Tariq Hinds, Sophia Holder, Amanda Boyer, Kevaun Hinds, Shaune Hinds, Gregory Hinds, Dwight Hinds, the late Latasha Schroeder Quamina, Chauntelle Schroeder Maricheau, Rochelle Schroeder and Shanice Schroeder. She also had 26 Great-Grandchildren. Hyacinth was also a mother and grandmother figure to her godchildren, as well as loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
In 1982, Hyacinth immigrated to Canada. In her golden years, she was an active member of the Senior Guyanese Friendship Association and the Mississauga chapter of the Caribbean Seniors Group. She took many local and international trips with these groups. Hyacinth played an integral role in these groups participating as a model in many fashion shows; acting in plays and was also crowned the “Domino Champion” more times than we can count.
Hyacinth will be remembered as a loving and kind woman with a heart of gold and a smile of an angel. She will be greatly missed by all.