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Bursary Recipients 2007 | Obituaries

2007 Bursary Recipients

Marissa Ward is the daughter of Cecilia and Bryan Ward. Her grandparents are Roberto Alexander Maria Vas and Janie Christine (Law). Marissa is doing a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics course. Marissa has achieved 16 High Distinctions in the last two years. Congratulations from all your Casa family and friends.

Ricardo Rosario is the eldest son of Carlos and Belinda Rosario. Ricardo is the first generation to be born in Australia. Ricardo is doing his Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science.

Carla de Menezes Ribeiro. Carla's direct link to the Macanese community is through her grandparents. Her granparents are Fernando and Fernanda de Menezes Ribeiro. Carla is doing her Bachelor of Marketing, Communications and Advertising.

Ashleigh Lawrence is the daughter of Vincent Ferrer Lawrence and Deidre Patricia Watt. She is the granddaughter of Wilfred Marriott and Olga Maria Lawrence. Ashleigh is doing a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University.

Jocelino Jorge was born in Macau and migrated to Australia when he was six. His parents are Natalino and Joana (Leong) Jorge. Jocelino is doing a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management.

Brendan Basto is doing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Australian Studies. Brendan is the son of Olivia and Tony Basto. He has two daughters.

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Alda Alberta Tavares

Alda Alberta Tavares of San Francisco passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on March 23, 2008 at the age of 91. Beloved wife for 63 years of Marcos Tavares; devoted mother of Marcos Jr. (deceased), Cathie (John) Crowell, Joan (Larry) Gerigk and Valerie (Richard) Medoza; loving grandmother to Caroline and Andrew Crowell, Michelle, Joseph, Anthony, and Christopher Gerigk, Matthew and Daniel Mendoza; cherished sister of Alex Alves, Olga Da Roza (deceased), and Brother Leonard Alves FSC (deceased). Born in Hong Kong; moved to San Francisco in 1964 and Alameda in 1985. Retired from Wells Fargo Bank. Enjoyed retirement with her family, shopping, celebrating birthdays and holidays, the horse races, and the fellowship of the UMA club.


Inez Soares da Rosa faleceu no Algarve
no dia 27 de Setembre de 2007

Eulogy given by Giovanni Pereira at the Mass in Hong Kong
on 29 October to Celebrate her Life

I have been asked to say a few words about Inez on this occasion, the Celebration of her Life

I was introduced to Inez and her husband, Fernando by Jorge Sequeira and through our mutual interest in motor sports , we became good friends. I soon noticed they were a very close couple.

Fernando happened to be a talented driver and Inez was invariably with him whenever he took part in Motor Sport Club events like Hill Climbs, Sprints and Slaloms. In 1958, they acquired a bright red Triumph TR3A sports car, the first of its kind in HK. It was to become their pride & joy for many, many years.

The TR3 would always compete in immaculate condition, thanks to Inez who would spend hours cleaning and polishing , specially the Borani wire wheels .It was truly a labour of love.
Between 1958 and 1964, they had won a couple of Rallies and the Concours d ’Elegance for Sports Cars, twice.
Today the TR3 is in Caramulo, in northern Portugal in a Museum for Vintage Car, donated by Inez in Fernando’s memory in 1994 .

Inez was in fact keen on all kinds of sports. She was known to have played softball for the Wahoos but tennis was her favourite and she was part of the team that won a League Division Cup for Recreio B in 1952. It also included Norma Remedios , who’s here this evening and some of the others were Marie “Figgy“ Figureido, and Olga “Junior” Silva .

Inez and Fernando also spent many happy ,leisure hours in the waters off Sai Kung. They had acquired a speed boat with a name (Olho D’Eco ) I ‘m not sure I can repeat in the sanctity of this Chapel.

She had a long career in Government service - in the Colonial Secretariat working for various senior officials, handling very confidential matters. She was the only non - expatriate secretary in her time in such a position of trust and deservedly , receiving the MBE in 1965

Inez was very fond of children . She had none of her own but took a keen interest in the activities of her many nieces and nephews. She would unfailingly remember their birthdays with more than just good wishes.

After Fernando had a stroke , they emigrated to the Algarve in 1985, hoping the better climate there would help Fernando’s rehabilitation for speech impairment and his walking disability.
They had a lovely villa with an uninterrupted view of the sea, near Sao Rafael Beach. It came with a pool that was made easier for Fernando to do his exercises. They were genuinely happy there , making many good friends ,some of whom Inez would keep in touch with for many years thereafter. She was a staunch friend.

When Fernando passed away in 1993, the dogs they had, became even more important to her. Such was her affection for them that she would awaken at 5 in the morning, and armed with a baseball bat, venture out in pitch darkness , just so they could run, unfettered, to the beach where unsavoury characters were known to be about..

Inez rarely cooked for herself despite having a well equipped kitchen but her dogs though always had cooked meals of chicken or beef and bottled water to drink.

In more recent years, Inez gradually lost her eye sight and by the end of last year she could barely see. About that time, she lost her last dog . Ding Ding. It was a terrible blow as she has had dogs all her life.
She was barely capable of looking after herself. When it was put to her that she should return to Hong Kong where she could be cared for, she refused , saying she could not leave Fernando behind.
She was fortunate that in Sao Rafael , she had two very close friends Alice Lobo and Olga Braga who sustained and comforted her during those difficult days.
Fortunately Alice managed to find a live-in helper to care and cook for her but Alice insisted on doing the marketing to ensure Inez was properly nourished whilst Olga looked after her affairs and the necessary finances and kept us closely informed of Inez’s condition. Even today, they are still involved , dealing with the contents of her villa.

Inez was definitely not an unremarkable person. Different people who came in contact with her would come away with different impressions but for sure , all would agree, she was a devoted wife, a very loyal friend and a compassionate lover of children and animals.

Mercifully , the end came sooner rather than later. In addition to her blindness, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, an ailment that can drag on for years.
On the first of October she was reunited with her beloved Fernando in the lovely cemetery in Albufeira. Inseparable as before, now as one, in eternal peace.

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