delivered at the funeral of Natty Rodrigues
gather here today with saddened and heavy hearts to
mourn our loss, yet, we have reason also to celebrate
the joyous life of Natty or Natalie, as others may have
known her by.
was born in Aldona, Goa and spent her school years there
before moving to Bombay, where she met the love of her
life, Martin, of course!
had endeared herself to all of us in the different life
roles she was called upon to play. She took them seriously
and accepted them lovingly fully cognizant that they
were especially entrusted to her, by her Heavenly Father.
life in that home revolved around Natty, the cornerstone
of that house. She was the ever loving wife, and faithful
companion of her husband, Martin; always supporting
him in all his endeavors. She so lovingly and tirelessly
nursed him back to health whenever his health failed
gave him two wonderful and truly lovely daughters, Catherine
and Iris who do their parents proud and who in turn
are their parents’ ultimate source of joy and
was the driving force of the family. As a parent, she
inculcated strong and lasting family values. She transformed
that house, into a warm and loving and welcoming home.
No matter what time of day or night you visited they
always shared their table with you.
never abandoned her own mother, Justina Fernandes. They
arranged for her to live with them in Canada in the
latter years of her life and Natty was ever so attentive
to the littlest of her mother’s needs.
and daughter had a special bond and so it was befitting
that her mother, now arrange for Natty, to live with
her in their Heavenly Father’s Mansion just fifteen
minutes shy of her mother, Justina’s 17th death
delighted in her children’s successes - in their
childhood years, as young ladies, and now in their adult
lives. Inspite of her weakened health and frail condition
she dressed and abandoned her hospital bed determined
to attend even for just a short time, Iris’ performance
on the Sunday before Christmas. Such was her strength
and determination. She was a quiet personality, yet
very caring and giving in nature; gentle and shy in
demeanor. Once you made a friend of Natty, you had a
true friend for life!
early retirement after working over 25 years with the
Ministry of Transportation. A large representation of
former co-workers is in attendance today, including
a couple of directors whom she worked for. This is testimony
of the high regard and respect she was held in by all
her colleagues and peers.
her retirement years spending most winter months in
sunny Costa Rica coming back home full of interesting
anecdotes of life in that country.
her various volunteer activities, she was an enthusiastic
member of the G.O.A. and was proud to be "First
Lady" when Martin was President in 1972.
with Martin she was an avid participant in plays presented
by the Goan Theatrical Group.
Natty, you have gone away from us and are not coming
back to us, but we live in the hope that some day we
will all be back with you.
painful as it is, we must now say our final goodbyes
to you. Goodbye dearest wife; good bye dearest mother;
good bye very special friend! May you find your Heavenly
peace, you so richly deserve! May your soul rest in
2 Feb. Vancouver, Canada. JULIO ABREU
(Ex-Kenya Police, Ex-Mombasa, born 1927). Husband of
Dora (Vancouver). Father of Genevieve/Afrodision (Toronto),
Astrida/Victor (Vancouver), Elaine/Julius (California),
Conrad (Vancouver). Grandfather of Andrea, Avril, Alithia,
Chantelle, Sasha and Abigail. Uncle of Natalie, Danny/Vianca,
Flory/Maggie, Gloria/Cass, Maria/John, Margaret/Mike
and Brian/Melanie (all Canada and USA). Brother-in-law
of Caesar/Margaret and Wilfred (all UK).
Funeral was on Feb 5. Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Jan. DIAS,
DOUGLAS ''Dougie'' LUCAS. Died suddenly, on Wednesday,
while vacationing with his family in Cancun, Mexico. Beloved
husband of 44 years to Daphne (LeRoy). Father to Denise Bacon,
Douglas Jr., Danielle Giggie, Denzil, Dianne and David. Grand
father of Christopher, Mathew, Jessica, Jonathan, Jennifer,
Sara, Julia, Sabrina, Hannah and Asia. Brother to Emma Gamma-Pinto
(Ottawa), and Joyce Mendoza (London, England). Also survived
by many nieces and nephews. A passionate and accomplished
bridge master, Doug was a lay minister in St. Lawrence Martyr
Catholic Church in Scarborough, a coordinator of Seniors'
Bridge in several local community centres, an avid cyclist
and an accomplished tennis player. Funeral Mass held at St.
Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 2210 Lawrence Avenue East
in Scarborough on Tuesday, February 3.
Jan REMEDIOS MARGARIDA (Maggie) (Formerly
of Mombasa, Kenya). Died peacefully in the presence of her
family at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, in her
79th year. Margaret, beloved wife of John. Loving mother of
Aurora (Joe), Joey (Lucia), Felix (Yvonne), Tony (Ranji),
Xavier (Lynn), Rita (Harry), Tim (Rhonda), Laura (Tony), Lorraine
(John) and the late Matthew and his wife Rita. Fondly remembered
grandmother of her 16 grandchildren. Sister of Ursula Periera,
Francis Lobo and the late Cajetan Lobo. Mass of Christian
Burial held on Saturday, January 31st, 2004 in St. Christopher's
Church, 1171 Clarkson Rd. N., Mississauga followed by interment
in Assumption Cemetery.
Jan Arusha, Tanzania. ERIC GOMES (23 yrs).
Son of Maria (ex-Nakuru) and Iggie Gomes (ex-Tanga), in s
motor accident, brother of ElsaYusuf & Nelson Gomes, Nephew
of (All from Tanga) - Carmina Rathod, Anna Gomes,Agnelo Gomes,
Dominic Gomes, Dorothy D'souza the late Helena Gomes, Candy
DeSouza, AnthonyGomes, Elizabeth Gomes, and the late Agnes,
(Ex-Nakuru) - Dominic Vaz (UK), Johnny Vaz (UK), Francis Vaz
(UK), Ida Fernandes (UK), Jackie Rodrigues(USA), Rachael Cameron
(UK), Marqueine Tew (UK), Philo Vaz (UK), Mary Olton(UK),
Emilia Palazo (UK) and Argentina Vaz (UK). Condolence messages