PM Rowley extends condolences on the passing of Angelo Bissessarsingh

Caption: Historian Angelo Bissessarsingh is congratulated by Prime Minister Rowley upon being awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Gold) in recognition of his contribution to History and Education in 2016. (Photo courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister)

February 2, 2017: On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, please allow me to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of cherished author and historian Angelo Bissessarsingh, who passed away today after a brave fight with a serious illness.

Angelo will be remembered as a man driven by his passion to explore and share the rich history of Trinidad and Tobago and for his national service he was awarded the Hummingbird Medal Gold in 2016. His work as a cultural archivist and author shows us that the task of preserving our country’s history is not only the work of academics and formal institutions only.

He has proven that people with curious minds and a love for knowledge can be some of our most shining examples of citizenship.

Angelo has left us an accomplished body of work through which he will always be remembered. This includes his books: Walking with the Ancestors—The Historic Cemeteries of Trinidad and A Walk Through Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago.

We celebrate Angelo for his vision, courage, fighting spirit and contribution to Trinidad & Tobago and share his loss with his cherished family with whom we sincerely sympathise.

 

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