MAPUSA: Joshua D’Souza, the son of Mapusa MLA and former deputy chief minister late Francis D’Souza on Saturday said that he would carry on the legacy of his father by continuing to serve the people of Mapusa.
"We will carry his legacy with pride and grace the way he wanted it. After his demise, I will continue to serve the people of Mapusa the way he did. My father was a man of the people unlike others. He was always there for the people of Mapusa. All he wanted was to get better and back on his feet only for the people," he said.
"My mother has been a pillar of strength to my father and us. She would look after him tirelessly that's how he made it to 64. My mother made sure that she was at home for lunch and dinner," he said.
Sharing a few words on the person she cherished the most, Mapusa MLA’s daughter, Sophia said that dealing with the death of a loved one is painful.
"Papa would always say that things would heal in time. It crushed my heart to see him go. He would tell me you are born to die. The whole time he was sick we would fight it and hope for a miracle that someday he would be fine. One of the last things he said that was that Rome was not built in a day.”
"My father lived his childhood reading books underneath the mango tree and eating cashews. He told us how afraid he was of public speaking but went on to become a public figure. Money and power was never his focus. My father loved travelling and was an excellent State ambassador. He never allowed us to cry for long, when he saw us do so, he would say pick yourselves up and move on," Sophia added.