Lauderhill to dedicate NW 41 Terrace to former businessman and community leader
On Monday, March 19, 2014, the City of Lauderhill Mayor and Commissioners unanimously voted to rename NW 41 Terrace to “Joy Sawh Street.” The name change came after the sudden passing of Joy’s Roti Delight’s co-owner – Joy Sawh – who touched so many lives here in the City of Lauderhill.
Sawh loved to entertain people in his restaurant and gave of himself not only with food and hospitality, but often with heartfelt advice and many times, with his own time and money. He extended himself with countless resources to the needy and did so very quietly.
“If you have ever dined at Joy’s Roti Delight, you would know that Joy had a cold drink, warm roti, and delightful word of wisdom for all who passed through his restaurant. What you would also quickly learn is that very petite man in stature had a tremendous love for his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. The man they called Joy, was full of life, and full of love,” explains Mayor Kaplan.
The Official City Street Renaming and Dedication Ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00 am on the City’s Showmobile on the south side of the Lauderhill Mall’s parking lot.
At 9:00 am, just prior to the Official City Street Renaming and Dedication Ceremony, the Sawh family will have a Memorial Parade beginning at their current restaurant Joy’s Roti Delight (1235 NW 40 Avenue) proceeding 600 feet to the future new Joy’s Roti Delight expected to open sometime next month (1205 NW 40 Avenue).
The parade will be led by the Junkanoo Band followed by Sawh’s friends and family and will end at the City’s showmobile where the Official City Street Renaming and Dedication Ceremony will begin.
Local dignitaries from South Florida are expected to be part of the festivities as well as the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Political Leader of the United National Congress and current Leader of the Opposition of the People’s Partnership, the Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, along with Mayor Gopaul Boodhan of the Borough of Chaguanas – Lauderhill’s Sister City in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sawh, who died at 61, was described as a man with a golden heart who gave selflessly and loved genuinely.
Nearly 1,000 people attended Sawh’s funeral back in 2014, including Primer Minister at the time Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, and Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan.