|The late Nicky De Mello wearing Montreal Expos cap at a Blue Jays game in Toronto|
|From Left: Ajit Singh, George Moraes, Willie Lobo, Norman Da Costa, Polly Pereira and Lionel Pereira.|
|The late Nicky De Mello and Norman da Costa receiving mementoes at the Malkit Singh function which Nicky helped organise|
NICKY DE MELLO – ONE OF A KIND
By Norman Da Costa
It was an innings that came to an abrupt end. Nicky de Mello was a diehard cricket fan whose life revolved around the game. To the utter surprise of his many friends he would wake up at 2 a.m. to catch the first ball bowled by Ishant Sharma in a Test match in the comfortable confines of his home in Mississauga. But this was Nicky. There were no half measures about him. As a fan, as a travel agent or as a sports administrator he stood out. He left an indelible mark in whatever project he undertook.
Like most diehard fans of cricket, Nicky ate, drank and slept the game. Back home in Uganda he also looked after the scorebook and on occasions umpired as well, much to the chagrin of the opposing team. On a couple of occasions his finger went up for a leg before wicket appeal even before the ball had reached the batsman. Few crossed his path. He was knowledgeable enough to dissect India’s shortcomings, especially in that World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand in July. He was very disappointed that India hadn’t advanced to the final, but being a cultured fan he accepted the fact New Zealand was the better team on the day. “Well India will bounce back and win the next World Cup,’’ said Nicky, a close friend of mine. Unfortunately, India’s biggest fan in this part of the world won’t be around to cheer India anymore or need any early wake up calls. The Entebbe-born Nicky passed away in Mississauga in the early hours of Oct. 24, 2019 at the age of 77.
He leaves behind Cressy, his wife of 49 years, and his three children
GLEN OAKS FUNERAL HOME
3164 Ninth Line, Oakville
Sunday, November 3, 2019 between 6p.m.-9p.m.
ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA
11 Peter Street South, Mississauga
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11am
Reception to follow after mass at:
PEARSON CONVENTION CENTER
2638 Steeles Avenue South, Brampton
We encourage you to wear an athletic jersey (for the reception only), to commemorate his passion for sports. The family requests that In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity in Uganda would be the closest to his heart: gf.me/u/v9sgby.