Thursday 20 June, 2019

Beloved historian Angelo Bissessarsingh has died

Angelo Bissessarsingh has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

The beloved historian and author passed away this morning at 10 am at his Siparia home.

His family confirmed his death via his Facebook page.

Bissessarsingh, known for his riveting Trinidad Guardian columns about various aspects of Trinidad and Tobago's history, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and was given two months to live.

His health took a turn for the worse last month. 

The founder of the Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago heritage resource, Bissessarsingh published several books titled Walking with the Ancestors—The Historic Cemeteries of Trinidad, published in 2013; Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago, Virtual Glimpses into the Past; and Pancho’s Dilemma, all published in 2016.

He  was given the keys to San Fernando by former mayor Kazim Hosein (now Local Government minister) in 2016 and was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Gold) during last year’s Independence Day awards

Nigel Khan, owner of Nigel Khan Booksellers, who assisted the historian with the publication of his books, said he believes Bissessarsingh was given a gift to make us realise our greatness.

An emotional Khan said Bissessarsingh did not want to die before seeing his last book, which he saw yesterday when it was picked up at the printer. He said the book contains stories of our folklore and mythology.

Loop contacted Bissessarsingh's family but was told they could not accommodate any questions at this time.

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