Almeida, who died on 25th September aged 75, had a distinguished
career in the Kenya Civil Service.
Working initially in the P.W.D., where his late father
(Olivet Almeida, M.B.E.) also worked, Abe later moved
to the Provincial Administration, where he served for
many years in the Kiambu District and latterly at the
Provincial Headquarters of the Central Province in Nyeri.
His pleasing personality and easy manner quickly endeared
him to his officers who commended him for his efficiency
and integrity. Abe (or Francis as his Administration Officials
knew him), later transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture
in Nairobi, on promotion as Personnel Officer.
Following Kenya's independence, he rose rapidly within
the Service, and in 1965 was transferred back to the Administration,
again on promotion as Senior Personnel Officer for the
Coast Province - a post he held successfully until it
was Africanised in 1967 when he moved to the United Kingdom.
Here, he worked initially in the Accounts Department,
later rising to Senior Executive Officer at Scotland Yard
where he worked until his retirement.
Retirement years were spent in the Voluntary Sector in
Thornton Heath, Surrey. Being the kind and gentle individual
he always was, Abe was readily available to help those
in the community less fortunate than himself - especially
widows, whose complex affairs he often helped to disentangle.
Abe came from a large family (4 brothers and 6 sisters),
and is survived by a younger brother (Dr. John Almeida),
five sisters, and a host of neices and nephews, to all
of whom we extend our deepest sympathies.
At the Requiem Mass held in Sydenham on 8th October, and
attended by family, friends and several hundred Goans,
including a representative from Scotland Yard, glowing
tributes were paid to Abe, who had also set up a Charitable
Trust for medical research. Those wishing to contribute
can send donations to:-
D'Almeida Charitable Trust (reg. No. 1058480)
Francis Chappell & Sons
41 Sydenham Road
London SE26 5EX