MAPUSA: Former deputy chief minister, Francis D’Souza was laid to rest at Mapusa with State honours on Saturday evening amidst thousands of people including political bigwigs from across the state attending the funeral.
The 64-year old politician from Mapusa who was fondly known as Babush and represented his constituency for nearly two decades breathed his last on February 14. His body was brought in a coffin to St. Jerome’s Church wrapped in the tri-colour for the funeral mass. Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao was the main celebrant.
During the introduction, the Archbishop said “He was always bothered about the people of Mapusa. A man of few words who was always available for the needy. He had a good family life and was a good father and husband. May God forgive his sins and weaknesses.”
Speaking about his dedication for the family, in his sermon the Priest said “We should do good in this world because we are Gods beloved children. He and his wife raised their children well. They taught their children humility. Let your dad be alive through your good life and deeds. The life of Francis was that of salt which dissolves to bring taste. He brought taste into the life of others. He made his life a blessing to others. Those who make their life a blessing are always blessed abundantly by God.”
In the farewell speech at the end of mass, Aldona MLA, Glenn Ticlo said “He had a heart of gold and his house was open to all. He only cared for his people, who voted for him without him even canvassing. He has left behind strong memories and loved the Mapshekars. Francis has not left behind any bitter memories.”
BJP state president, Vinay Tendulkar pointed out that when he was new in the field of politics it was Francis who helped him out. “He taught us how to speak and ask questions. His death has come as a big shock to the party and he will be missed. May God give his family the strength to deal with their loss,” he added.