Neil O’Brien, a pioneer of quizzing in India and leader of the Anglo-Indian community, passed away here today.

He was 82.


Brien is survived by his three sons, Derek, Andy and Barry O’Brien, and wife Joyce O’Brien.

Derek O’Brien took to Twitter to make the sad announcement:

A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O’Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.

He was the chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and managing director of Oxford University Press, India.

As a leader of the Anglo-Indian community, he was the president-in-chief of All-India Anglo-Indian Association and headed the Frank Anthony group of schools.

Other colleagues and celebrities, and even Bengal’s CM Mamata Bannerjee expressed their condolences through Twitter: 

And lastly, this heartrending message from son Derek:

Rest In Peace, Sir. 

(Feature Image Source: Twitter/@quizderek) 

(Inputs from PTI)