Anthony Azavedo was born in Tanga on the 22nd of
December 1933 to Joanita and Vincent Azavedo, and
moved to India at a young age for schooling. At
the tender age of 14 his dear mother sadly passed
away. Arthur completed his secondary school studies
at the famous St.Paul’s High School, Belgaum
where he befriended many whose destinies would later
be connected with his in East Africa. Rather than
pursue higher education, he chose to work so that
his brothers and sisters could have a better quality
he came to Nairobi and joined the Civil Service
in the Office of the Auditor General. After 4 years
he joined the Nairobi City Council Audit Department.
As a member of the Kenya Local Government Workers
Union, he quietly championed the labour rights of
Asian and African council workers. He worked in
the council for a total of 32 years and purely on
merit, rose steadily through the ranks to retire
as Chief Revenue Officer. His office, Room No 10,
City Hall became the regular port of call for many
staff and friends alike in need of help.
never compromised his integrity in positions held
despite pressures to do so on several occasions.
Much of his work was outside the limelight and his
contribution to accountability, transparency and
good governance were never revealed in the public
September 1958 he married Ida Correa and they enjoyed
48 years of married life. Their two sons Vincent
and Colin brought added joy to the family and over
the years his guidance and example inspired them
to work hard to fulfil their ambitions. Their achievements
in school, university and working careers made him
a proud father.
years ago, Arthur joined Transworld Safaris where
he became an integral member of staff and exercised
his excellent accounting and administrative skills
up to May this year when he took ill. His duties
invariably took him out of the office to resolve
delicate human resource and logistic matters. His
workmates loved and respected him for his diligence
and fatherly advice.
was always willing to help others when requested.
This generosity was the hallmark of his character.
He selflessly assisted people from all walks of
life. He was never radical in his approach and frequently
served the Goan community in various capacities.
He devoted much of his time to the Villagers of
Moira where he served as Treasurer for over 25 years.
He was an Honorary Member of the Goan Institute
and served in the Management Committee as the Chief
Auditor on several occasions. He enjoyed good music
and being an elegant ballroom dancer was a keen
supporter of the Club socials. He was also a loyal
supporter of the Goan Welfare Society.
was able to command the respect and admiration of
all who knew him and many have remarked that he
was a true gentleman.
will be sadly missed by all and he will forever
be in our hearts and minds.
SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. AMEN
Admired by all for his character
Respect he commanded of both young
Thoughtful and generous towards
those who crossed his way,
Honesty, to him, was the order
of the day.
Unique individual, O how we miss
Radiance you exuded, before you
had to go.
Trevor Coelho, Nairobi.
Azavedo was a great, kind, loving and caring person
always helpful to people .He was a fatherly figure
to all of us in the Company. His sense of humour
was tremendous. Everyday we think of Mr Azavedo
.We miss him dearly though his spirit is still with
Satvinder S Lota, Transworld Safaris,
thank God for Arthur, God’s precious gift
to us. Arthur has and will always be an inspiration
to us – his devotion to our faith, his responsibility
as head of this home, his loving and caring nature
as a husband and father, his over commitment to
any task given whether through employment or socially
and his overwhelming generosity. Although we miss
Arthur’s physical presence dearly, we know
that he is and will always be with us spiritually.”
Marilyn Miranda, Nairobi.
have had the privilege of knowing Arthur for the
past 20 years. He was a man of the people and always
had time for others. He was very hospitable, humble
and impeccable in his appearance.”
Sr Pascalina Mwasi, Nairobi.
was a real gentleman, softly spoken, always there
to give a helping hand. I knew him as a little girl.
Since I loved dancing I used to admire him dancing
so graciously with that radiant smile. When I was
married, Steve used to give me cheques to pay so
when I went to pay the water bill I used to look
out for Arthur and there he was. He never made me
queue up but always took my cheque to pay and gave
me a receipt in my hand. His kindness and simplicity
made him a special man to many. My mum and I will
miss him most. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
We loved you Arthur.”
Queenie Vaz, Nairobi and Sylvia D’Souza,
and I worked closely at Transworld Safaris and we
shared memorable times together, especially sharing
of chocolates. He was a friend, a father figure
and a mentor to many of us, always ready to help
and be there for others, even when he was busy,
he would never say no to anyone, be it his time
to listen, or his hand to help, or his word of advice.
His loyalty will always be cherished, he was hardworking,
dedicated, trustworthy and a perfectionist who taught
us so much. I miss him and pray that his soul may
rest in eternal peace.”
Renee D’Souza, Nairobi
lasting impression of Arthur Azavedo; he was a persona
from the “old days;” a humble man who
towered high over others due to his dignity and
integrity; an impeccable gentleman, a friend who
could be trusted to be responsible and reliable.
Sadly, these are human traits which have become
almost extinct in these present times.”
Dr Romeo Soares, Nairobi
“We, the Villagers of Moira, were privileged
to have Arthur as one of our own. Arthur was a man
of immense integrity and always took his work –
whether voluntarily or otherwise – very seriously.
We have indeed missed his contribution, guidance
and wisdom in the celebration of the Feast of the
Immaculate Conception this year. We send our condolences
to his wife, Ida and sons, Vincent and Colin.”
FROM THE FAMILY
family of the late Arthur Anthony Azavedo, wish
to convey our sincere gratitude to all our relatives,
friends and colleagues, near and far, for your overwhelming
support following the passing away of our beloved
husband and father on 31st October 2006 in Nairobi.
Your prayers, messages of condolence and generosity
continue to be a source of strength and comfort
to us at this difficult time. May his soul rest
in eternal peace. Amen. Ida, Vincent and Colin.