My uncle (Nisadeu) Late bin Chandra Gogoi, retired Professor Haflong Government College, Ex Principal Bir Lachit Borphukan College, Sibsagar, left for his heavenly abode on March 12. Known lovingly as ‘Respected Gogoi Sir’, his full life spanned 84 years. For him age was just a number, in heart he was a youth; energetic and filled with positivity.
Born in December 1, 1934, to Late Khageswar Gogoiand Late Mala Gogoi, he was a resident of Lakhimigar Tiniali, Sibsagar, Assam. After completing his early education he joined Cotton College in 1953. In 1955 he completed Intermediate and continued onto receive a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1957 from Cotton College. Then he joined Gauhati University for Master of Arts degree and completed it in 1959.
He started his career as a teacher in zira High school and then worked for some time in Ghilamora North Bank College. In 1962 he joined Haflong Government College as a Lecturer and retired in 1992. After retirement in 1994, he joined Bir Lachit Borphukan College as Principal and worked diligently to provincialize this college and create a good education institute. He left it in 2000. He was also a member of the Governing Body of Sibsagar Commerce College. He spent his entire life in public service, imparting knowledge to students over the years.
A kind and large hearted person, he was closely associated with the Assamese diaspora in Haflong, in establishing the Haflong amghar, and an enthusiastic participant in social activities. He enjoyed sports especially football and cricket.
From his youth to his working days in Haflong and filly in Sibsagar the constant values that graced his life were unfailing courtesy towards others, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical principles and a willingness to extend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was an epitome of simplicity and made selfless choices throughout his life.
Late bin Chandra Gogoi was married to Late Bi Gogoi on February 11, 1968, who predeceased him last year. They were married for 49 wonderful years. He is survived by his two sons, Swapon and Runjun, two daughter in laws, two grandsons and a host of relatives. We are grateful for our connection to a life that was lived with grace, integrity, and humility. His memory will continue to fill out hearts forever. Today on the day of his Adyashraddha, we offer our deepest homage, and pray for the eterl peace of his departed soul.