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Eulogy delivered at the funeral of Natty Rodrigues
by Oretta Sequeira
We 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.
She 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!
Natty 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.
Family 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 him.
She 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 happiness!
She 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.
Natty 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.
Mother 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 anniversary.
Natty 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!
She took 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.
She enjoyed her retirement years spending most winter months in sunny Costa Rica coming back home full of interesting anecdotes of life in that country.
Besides 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.
Along with Martin she was an avid participant in plays presented by the Goan Theatrical Group.
Well 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.
Natty, 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 peace! Amen.

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 conabr@yahoo.com

From Toronto Star
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.

27 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.

25 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 to gomesfamily@habari.co.tz

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