100th Birthday September
Lobo is the husband of the late Julia (Priscilla) Lobo.
Father of Bertha/Bernard (Switzerland); Arthur/Shera (Australia);
Judy/Terence (Australia), Alfred ( Canada ) and Sybil/Novarro
(Canada). Grandfather of Severine, Charlene, Adrian , Lorraine
, Vivienne, Keith and Conrad.
|Gorgonio Lobo writes
parents, Angelo & Libania worked in Entebbe, Uganda,
where I was born in 1905. I was the eldest of their
Although my parents & 3 brothers have gone to their
eternal reward they have left me with many happy memories
and blessings. In 1915 my parents returned to Goa. I
joined St Joseph's High School Arpora in 1915 &
achieved my Matriculation in 1923.
My first job in 1929 was as Clerk, with the Ministry
of Health. I was appointed to Hospitals in Jinja, Soroti,
Masindi, Entebbe, Masaka & Kampala, rising to the
rank of Medical Superintendent.
In 1963, I retired from the Government after 34 years
service. Subsequently, I joined the Kampala City Council
as a Graduated Tax Officer, until 1971.
In 1936 I married Priscilla De Souza from Calangute.
Together we had 5 children. As parents we fostered in
our children a love for our Faith, the importance of
education, enjoyment of music & a sense of community.
The upheaval following the seizure of power by Idi Amin
caused the dispersal of my family - Arthur & Judy
to Perth Australia, Sybil & Alfred to Canada. Bertha
had married and joined her husband in Switzerland.
The opportunity to go to England or Australia were forgone
as the pull of my ancestral home "water from my
own well" was strongest. My wife & I returned
to Goa. Later we spent 2-1/2 years in Perth with our
family & many ex-Ugandan friends.
After my return to Goa, I was able to contribute to
the community teaching violin & the organ &
supporting the Parish of St Anne.
My contributions in Uganda: President & Founding
Member of the Parent Teacher Association in Entebbe
& Kampala. Member of the Advisory Board of Asian
Education, Kampala; Member of the Central Goan Council
& President of the Goan Institute, Entebbe. Member
of the Asian Widows & Orphans Pension Fund, Kampala.
Member of the Uganda Defence Force (2 yrs.) in 1941.
Many have asked the secret of my longevity. It is ultimately
the Blessing of God. However the constant use of mind
& body kept me going, i.e. teaching music, keeping
up to date with current affairs, managing my own finances.
Maintaining a large home demanded a daily routine of
Until 2003 I rode my scooter & drove my car to Mapusa
& the church & in doing so, maintained an independent
The regular visits from friends & their children
have renewed the bonds of great friendship we created
& fostered in Uganda.
Sadly my wife of 67 years passed away on November 22,
I look forward to be a Centenarian as I target my 100th
Birthday & would like to request all my dear friends
to participate spiritually in my Thanks- giving Prayers
to Almighty God for granting me a long lease of life.
I am happy to be celebrating my Birthday on September
9, 2005 in the company of my children and grandchildren
from Geneva, Switzerland, Perth, Western Australia &
Montreal/Toronto, Canada & friends.
May God Bless you all.
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