Thursday, May 5, 2022

Pascoal De Mello M.B.E. A Life Well Spent








When Joe de Mello requested me to write the biography of his father, Mr Pascoal de Mello, I readily agreed because I regard both his parents with the highest esteem. Mr. de Mello particularly endeared himself to our family by his kind concern for my mother-in-law whom he assisted in her correspondence to produce her dues under the enhanced Pension Scheme for widows of those who had served under the British Administration in Kenya.

This biography courses through eight decades - a period covering two World Wars! It spans more than two continents. The data initially came from the memoirs of Mr Pascoal de Mello himself and promptings from his wife. Later their four sons also furnished me with their personal reminiscences. Piecing all these together and using my knowledge of Goan life and culture plus my research for a forthcoming book entitled, "Goans of Kenya", I have tried to set the event in the proper perspective.

This is the story of a man of boundless optimism founded on Faith, a man with a definite purpose motivated by strong family ties.

It is a tribute of love from the four sons to their father; and I hope the story that unfolds will be an inspiration, particularly, to the younger members of the de Mello clan helping them to appreciate their roots and stand up to the challenge of life.

- Teresa Albuquerque


 
Chapter IANJUNA
Anjuna at the turn of the century - Fortress - Other celebrities
St. Michael's Church - Schools - Vaddos - Transport
  
Chapter IIDE MELLO VADDO
  
Chapter IIIEMIGRATION
Karachi
  
Chapter IVTHE CHILD PASCOAL
Red-letter days: Christmas - Santa Cruz - Cashew seed Contests
Sam Joao - Old Goa
  
Chapter VKARACHI
  
Chapter VIEARLY DAYS IN KENYA
The Goans - Frontier postings
  
Chapter VIIFIRST HOME LEAVE
Return of the native - For the better
  
Chapter VIIITHE BIG STEP
Finding a match - In anticipation - Wedding bells - Reception - Tornaboda
  
Chapter IXKENYA AGAIN
Assumption
  
Chapter XRAMURUTI
Family Life
  
Chapter XIMOMBASA
The Goan Institute - Promotion - Long home leave
  
Chapter XIINAIROBI
  
Chapter XIIIFORGING AHEAD
Presented to Royalty - First car - Their own bungalow
  
Chapter XIVMORE TRIPS TO GOA
Political agitation - Down memory lane - To Goa again - After Liberation - Local leave
  
Chapter XVTHE 'GOAN FACTOR'
  
Chapter XVITHE BOYS' PROGRESS
  
Chapter XVIIRETIREMENT
Most Excellent Member of the British Empire (MBE)
  
Chapter XVIIIGOODBYE KENYA
  
Chapter XIXHOME SWEET HOME
Canada - Grandparents - Golden Jubilee - Social Service - Twilight
 

 

 

Dedicated to their dear parents,

Pascoal and Esmeralda

by

Joe, Tim, Bijoo, Stan
and their families

 



 
Chapter IANJUNA
Anjuna at the turn of the century - Fortress - Other celebrities
St. Michael's Church - Schools - Vaddos - Transport
  
Chapter IIDE MELLO VADDO
  
Chapter IIIEMIGRATION
Karachi
  
Chapter IVTHE CHILD PASCOAL
Red-letter days: Christmas - Santa Cruz - Cashew seed Contests
Sam Joao - Old Goa
  
Chapter VKARACHI
  
Chapter VIEARLY DAYS IN KENYA
The Goans - Frontier postings
  
Chapter VIIFIRST HOME LEAVE
Return of the native - For the better
  
Chapter VIIITHE BIG STEP
Finding a match - In anticipation - Wedding bells - Reception - Tornaboda
  
Chapter IXKENYA AGAIN
Assumption
  
Chapter XRAMURUTI
Family Life
  
Chapter XIMOMBASA
The Goan Institute - Promotion - Long home leave
  
Chapter XIINAIROBI
  
Chapter XIIIFORGING AHEAD
Presented to Royalty - First car - Their own bungalow
  
Chapter XIVMORE TRIPS TO GOA
Political agitation - Down memory lane - To Goa again - After Liberation - Local leave
  
Chapter XVTHE 'GOAN FACTOR'
  
Chapter XVITHE BOYS' PROGRESS
  
Chapter XVIIRETIREMENT
Most Excellent Member of the British Empire (MBE)
  
Chapter XVIIIGOODBYE KENYA
  
Chapter XIXHOME SWEET HOME
Canada - Grandparents - Golden Jubilee - Social Service - Twilight


 

 

Dr. (Mrs.) Teresa Albuquerque is a Fellow of the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, St. Xavier's College, Bombay and an active member of the Bombay Local Society. A regular contributor to historical journals, art magazines and newspapers, she has to her credit three books on Bombay: SANTA CRUZ THAT WAS (Bombay, 1981), URBS PRIMA IN INDIS: An epoch in the History of Bombay (Promilla & Co., Publishers, New Delhi, 1985) and TO LOVE IS TO SERVE: Catholics of Bombay (Heras Institute, Bombay, 1986.)

 




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