Friday, August 20th 2004
T. Anson Sancho
City Councillor and former Principal of the Critchlow Labour College, T. Anson Sancho died last Friday after a long period of illness. He was in his eighties.
Sancho, popularly known as `Cobo' among his friends and colleagues was a staunch educator - particularly in the field of history - and a trade unionist. In addition he was a politician who served as a member of parliament during the Forbes Burnham administration.
He later joined A Good and Green Guyana, when current Mayor Hamilton Green broke ranks with the PNC in the nineties. His colleagues from the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union, Roy Hughes and Grantley Culbard, whom he taught at Central High School, recalled his earlier fight to keep the Association of Masters and Mistresses (AMM) alive even after the government took control of private schools in 1976. He had said he would never join the Guyana Teachers Union and never did.
He remained an educator all of his life and was the longest serving principal of the Critchlow Labour College and the chairman of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Education Committee. He served the GTUC from the 1960s through the AMM until he came off the education committee in 2001.
He remained a bachelor all his life and opted to remain in Guyana, while the majority of his relatives migrated. However, he travelled overseas regularly. His close friends were his AMM buddies Ganesh Singh and the late Kenneth Denny.
His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24.