Victor was born in Tanga, Tanganyika, the first child of
John Joseph Francis Cardozo & Margaret Catherine Cardozo.
He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with his two brothers, Anthony
& Walter, and sister Philomena.
obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Nairobi, Victor embarked on a career with the Kenya Government.
His career progressed, and he entered the Kenya Army, attaining
the senior rank of Colonel by the time he retired.
addition to a successful career, Victor had a rich personal
life. He courted and married Maria Rosita Ursula Cardozo
and together they had 4 children - Dolcette, Dwen, Derwyn
& Darryl. As loving parents they raised their children
to respect God and other people. In addition to his active
involvement with the local social clubs in Kenya, Victor
invested a considerable amount of time and effort in other
charitable organizations. These included the Edeval homes,
the Society for the Blind and a number of educational institutions
including Parklands School. He especially enjoyed his involvement
with the Kenya Amateur Boxing Society. This active desire
to help others would continue for all his life.
1982, he immigrated with his family to Canada and embarked
on a new chapter of his life.
Starting afresh in a new country was a daunting task but
Victor, with his wife Rosita, continued to guide their four
children, encouraging them to succeed in their education
and carrier. He took great pride in seeing his children
mature into adults and celebrated with them as each got
married, welcoming their spouses - Andrew, Cora, Velda &
Kelly into the family. His joy was further increased with
the birth of each of his 9 grandchildren; Ashlin, Palma-Rosita,
Brice, Shea, Alex, Cara, Antonia-Victoria, Luke & Marc-Anthony.
One of his favorite pastimes would be to sit on the beach
playing in the sand with his grandchildren and then take
them for ice cream.
continued to share himself with the larger community. His
compassion and energy led to his involvement with many causes
and organizations. The Knights of Columbus played a large
role in his later life, and he took pride and satisfaction
in his involvement. He was invested as a Knight Commander
of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
While Victor received recognition for his good work, it
was his quite efforts for which he should be noted - from
having an ear to listen, a voice to advise, and a helping
hand to assist who were people in need.
his death Victor was at peace with his God and loved by
his family and friends.
Eulogy by Tony Fonseca, (email@example.com)
during the Funeral Mass on Friday 03 Sept. for the Late
Victor Cardozo at Saint Francis Xavier’s Roman Catholic
Church, Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
you most sincerely Rosita and all members of your family
for giving me this opportunity to pay tribute to Victor
who I had the unique privilege of knowing for the past 60
friends, we are all gathered here to pay our respects and
to also say goodbye to a great Goan who made Canada proud
during the past 22 years in this country and whom we have
known in many different ways. Some of us knew him as a relative,
others as a good friend, yet others for humanitarian services
he rendered to this country as a member of the Knights of
relationship with Victor started one generation back with
our respective parents being very close friends. In fact,
I had the honour to be one of the pageboys for his parent’s
wedding. Victor was born in Tanga, Tanganyika, (now Tanzania,
East Africa), and was the first child of the late John and
Maggie Cardozo. He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with his two
brothers, the late Anthony and the late Walter and his sister
Philomena who now lives in Bombay, India. Unfortunately,
Philomena is not able to be here with us today due to circumstances
beyond her control. During Victor’s early childhood,
his family used to visit Goa frequently and that is where
I met him for the first time when he was just 5 years old.
is during this time at our early age that we developed a
fond liking for each other. As our respective parents were
good friends we naturally visited each other’s house
frequently. Victor, his brother and I played all sorts of
games but one that Victor always remembered and talked about
was football, otherwise known as soccer in this part of
the world. Victor claimed it was I who taught him how to
play soccer. Our soccer ball was made of old stocking and
pieces of discarded clothing. What I remember most is that
I taught Victor to make the Star of David out of bamboo
sticks during Christmas, as he was always eager to learn
new things from that young age. These happy memories remained
in our hearts and we reminisced whenever an opportunity
arose. Unfortunately, Victor remained in Goa for about 2
years when his father decided to take them all back to Nairobi,
Kenya. We therefore parted our ways and as fate would have
it our paths crossed again in 1956 when I went to Kenya.
Ever since then we maintained the bond, which we began as
little boys and continued to be good friends.
did his schooling in Nairobi after which he joined the Kenya
Government in the Ministry of Education in the personnel
department and later in the Ministry of Labour. He worked
his way up through hard work and dedication and rose quite
fast to become the senior personnel officer. Victor then
moved to join the Kenya Army as a captain. Here again, through
his hard work and perseverance he rose to the senior rank
of Colonel. He was the first Non-African to attain this
high rank in the hierarchy of the Kenya Army.
married his childhood sweetheart, Rosita in 1962. Together
they were blessed with 4 special children - Dolcette, Dwen,
Derwyn & Darryl. He was always so proud of them and
used to always say that he felt blessed to have such good
children. I know that he loved them very much and would
do anything for them. Above all, Victor was truly a family
man. To him his wife Rosita was the love of his life; his
darling daughter Dolcette was the apple of his eye; his
outstanding sons, Dwen, Derwyn and Darryl were his pillars
of strength. He was very fond of his handsome son-in-law
Andrew and his pretty daughter- in- laws, Cora, Velda and
Kelly. His beautiful grandchildren Ashlin, Palma-Rosita,
Brice, Shea, Alex, Cara, Antonia-Victoria, Luke & Marc-Anthony
made his life complete. He would spend a lot of time with
his grandchildren and would spoil them by giving them whatever
they asked for. Even though Victor had a great future in
Kenya, he decided to migrate to Canada, which he did in
1982 in order to give his children good education and a
stable future. Indeed his sacrifice paid off as his children
are all well settled and are doing very well for themselves.
was well known for his involvement in various social clubs
and organizations both in Kenya and in Canada. In Kenya
he was the only ex-student to become chairman of the board
of governors of his Alma Mater, Parklands school. In Canada,
in recognition of his humanitarian work he was knighted
by our Holy Father, Pope Paul the second in the Equestrian
Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He has also received
the sovereign order of the Knights of the Order of Malta
for his services to Canada and the third world.
was remarkably known for his fear of God and for his positive
spirit that attracted many people to him. This was very
much evident during his illness as he was the one giving
all of us the strength as he fought his battle with cancer
courageously. He would always say that his fate was left
to the Will of God. Victor was an obedient servant of the
Lord and we trust that he is rejoicing in Heaven. He will
be dearly missed and will always be remembered for his warmth,
kindness and for his generosity. On behalf of me, my family
and all of you gathered here, I offer to Rosita, Dolcette,
Dwen, Derwyn, Darryl and their families, our sincere heartfelt
condolences. Please know that your loss and pain is shared
by all of us here and many others who were unable to be
with us today. May God comfort you and give you strength
at this difficult time.
I would like to end by dedicating this poem to Victor:
looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He saw your path was difficult, he closed your tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave
you wings to fly.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our
You live on through your children, and you’re always
by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home.
meu amigo, rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Your everlasting friend,