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Eastlyn Errol Dasent was the third son of Henry Leopold
Dasent and Rosa Augusta Pierre-Dasent. He was born
on the 15th of December 1916, in the quaint village of
Pierresville, Mayaro. Eastlyn died peacefully at his home
in Sangre Grande on September 9, 1994.
At age 5, he and his parents, together with his siblings
Eric, John, Leola and Esme, migrated to Sangre Grande
where Eastlyn attended the Sangre Grande Government
Primary School. He went on to write the College Exhibi-
tion Examination (as it was then called) at the age of 10,
placing second in the island. He proceeded to attend the
Queen's Royal College (QRC) and passed both the Junior
and Senior Cambridge Examinations.
From an early age, Eastlyn was diagnosed with severely
defective eye-sight which eventually affected his chances of
obtaining an Island Scholarship for QRC that year, which
the then Principal of QRC lamented.
Notwithstanding the challenges which he encountered with
his eye-sight, which prevented him from pursuing further
formal studies, he then went on to establish the first private
secondary school in the Sangre Grande Region, which
was initially called St. Andrew's High School, and later
changed to St. Andrew's College. St. Andrew's College
attracted students from all walks of life, many of whom
came from as far as Toco and Mayaro, in addition to the
students that attended from the Sangre Grande area. It
was the only private secondary school in the region for
many years, with many graduates continuing their studies
to become policemen, nurses, civil servants, teachers, attor-
neys, doctors, lecturers, businessmen and women. Eastlyn
persevered in his vocation for more than 40 years, until ill
health required him to retire.
Eastlyn continually honed his oratorial skills, always com-
manding attention whether he was addressing his students,
colleagues, friends or family members.
His sterling service in the field of education was
recognized on several occasions:
• Recipient of the Public Service Medal of Merit -- Silver
-- for outstanding and meritorious service in the sphere
of education (1986);
• Recipient of the Award of Merit by the St. David/
St. Andrew County Council (as it was then called) for his
dedicated and devoted community service in the field of
• Recognition (posthumous) by the Eastern Emancipation
Cultural Committee for devoted service in the field of
• Recognition (posthumous) by the North Eastern
Education District for his dedicated service to
• Recipient of the GRANDTOC Award (Lifetime) in
appreciation and recognition (posthumous) of his
outstanding contribution to the Sangre Grande/Toco
region (2004); and
• Recognition (posthumous) by the Past Pupils Association
of St. Andrew's College of his outstanding work,
commitment and loyalty towards the education system of
Trinidad and Tobago over the period of his life (2010).
As a father, Eastlyn was as stern as he was as a teacher,
a no-nonsense man who preferred to live simply, and who
loved to engage in political and any other topical debates
of the time. In light of his eye sight, both his students and
his children had to read the text book selections for him as
he prepared in advance for each class that he taught. He
was an ardent listener of classical music, but was also a
world student, and listened to other genres. He straddled
the transition from vinyl recordings to CDs, and reveled in
listening to the classics, jazz, and the greats of his time like
Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Satchmo, to name a few.
He acquired the entire set of Shakespeare's plays, and was
an avid listener of the multitude of programmes aired by
the BBC via radio, always ensuring that he was au courant
with topical affairs. These were the times when no one
could interrupt him, as he frequently became engrossed in
listening to the discussions that were being aired. He was
viewed by many as a walking encyclopedia.
He has left a deep legacy, never to be forgotten by his
ever-loving wife Mena and his children.
May God bless his soul.
December 15, 1916 --
September 9, 1994
The Arima Race Club listened to
the racehorse owners and have can-
celled the racing programme which
was carded for Saturday. The owners
requested the time for preparation
of their charges for the final day of
racing this season, December 26
(Boxing Day) when three graded
events will be run off at the Santa
Rosa Park, Arima.
The events will be the St Ann's Stakes
and St James Stakes both juvenile events,
to be run off over 1,350 metres and the
Gold Cup which will be for the top class
stayers of the South Caribbean over
In the St Ann's Stakes, there is expected
to be a battle between the trio of Rocket
Wheels, Set Sail and Golden Choice. All
three juveniles are unbeaten.
In the St James Stakes, there is three-
way go between Battlecry, Juneau and Ste-
ve Austin while in the Gold Cup Bigman
In Town will throw down the gauntlet to
Thisonesforron and newcomer, Teniente
The Arima Race Club has advised re-
gretfully that live horse racing carded for
Saturday, Day 43 of the racing season has
The Arima Race Club (ARC) apologises
for the inconvenience caused to owners,
trainers, jockeys, grooms, punters and the
wider racing fraternity.
Jim Crowley was out of luck in seven rides at
two meetings on his return from injury, yes-
The champion jockey was back in action for the
first time since being brought down from Electrify
in the four-horse pile-up at Kempton in late October
that led to Freddy Tylicki suffering paralysis from
the waist down.
Crowley, who last month was named as the new
first-choice jockey for leading owner Sheikh Ham-
dan Al Maktoum, had three seconds from four rides
He then moved on to Kempton's evening fixture
where he was also unable to add to his tally of 184
for the year.
At Lingfield, Crowley went agonisingly close on
Adalene, who was in front until the final few strides
but was beaten a neck by 50/1 shot Dream Love in
the Betway Maiden Stakes.
Crowley had gone close on his first comeback ride
when he tried to make all the running on Ettu in the
second division of the 32Red Casino EBF Maiden
The 4/7 favourite led well into the final furlong
but had to give way in the closing stages to 14/1 shot
Sayem. The Ed Walker-trained youngster, ridden by
Thomas Brown, gained the upper hand in the last 100
yards to score by a length and a quarter.
Crowley also had to settle for second place on Miss
Tiger Lily, as Alfredo, the 4/6 favourite, took the Be-
tway Stayers Handicap by three and three-quarter
Crowley had Pool House up with the pace in the
Betway Classified Selling Stakes, but his mount was
swallowed up in the straight and finished out of the
frame as Just Pour Nous (11/4) obliged for trainer Mark
Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning.
On his return to Kempton, he started with Desert
Grey, who found only the 4/7 favourite Me Too Na-
gasaki too good in division one of the 32Red/British
Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
In division two, his mount Screaming Gemini was
sent off the market leader at 7/4 but could only finish
fourth behind 11/4 second-favourite Daschas, from
the yard of Amanda Perrett.
Crowley finished his day aboard the Perrett-trained
Russian Reward in the 32Red Handicap, but was un-
able to get competitive in the one-mile affair, which
went the way of Presumido (10/1) for the in-form
Simon Dow yard.
Jim Crowley, left, was out of luck on his return
Owners get their wish
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