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OUR GENIUS
Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson is a Genius. He saw the first light of day on the 25th day of February 1901.His parents – Mr. James Patterson, and Mrs. Nelly Christina Patterson, born Fox, the resided at Goodland Village, East Bank, Canje Berbice.

This genius of Pisces was educated after the Punory period was over, by himself and himself alone. He forsook the calling of the Carpenter of Nazareth for that of a pedagogue. He gave active service to New Forest Anglican, Bohemia Canadian Mission, Edinburgh Scots, and Sheet Anchor Anglican Schools respectively in this country.

After he had secured his Third Class Teachers’ Certificate of Competency, he sat for the Second Class. One day, when the results in the Official Gazette were published, he looked for his name in vain in the Second Class list. He failed to look up the List above. Quietly moaning his apparent failure, he was aroused by the cheering voice of a comrade, who greeted him “Pat, Congrats.” He said – Why must you mock me? The retort was – “Look in the First Class List for yourself.” It was found. He burst the Educational Thermometer of the Second Class and landed himself at the zenith of salubrity.

A TEACHER OF TEACHERS
He was first Assistant Teacher of St. Patrick’s Anglican School – and Head Teacher of Gladstone Hall, and St. Nicholas (Bath, West Coast Berbice). He was the President of the New Amsterdam Branch of the British Guiana Teachers’ Association and Vice-President of the New Amsterdam Brotherhood Movement on several occasions.

The marriage of himself with Mrs. Annie Kathleen Patterson born Elliott, took place on 10th August 1932, there exists one son of that Union. Death robbed him –oh? So soon of his better half in the spring-time of the year 1935.
He is today a widower, a landed Proprietor, a loving father, and Head Master of New Market Anglican School. His favourite recreation is draft while motoring and music are his hobbies.
A voter to the Municipal and Legislative Council is Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson, Our Genius.



Source:
Jones, Fred “Our Genius” Berbice News The New Outlook Sunday, April 18, 1943: page 8.

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