1972 Pascoal and Esmeralda boarded S.S. "Karanja" at Mombasa. They
brought with them whatever could be transported from their home of
the last eighteen years. The two of them returned to their empty old
house in Anjuna.
Esmeralda's sister, Bennie, came specially to welcome
Pascoal was most eager to please Esmeralda. He wanted her to
feel she had not really missed out by coming to make Goa her home.
So he undertook expensive and elaborate renovations for the house in
de Mello vaddo. He utilised to advantage much of the proceeds from
the sale of their Nairobi home towards beautifying and modernising
the new home. As always, both put their heads together to chalk out
their plans. And before long the task was accomplished to their
basic amenities such as electricity, running pipe water, proper
drainage and sewage, had only been introduced to the village some
time after Liberation in 1961. Change was slow in Goa; but Pascoal,
with his usual efficiency and determination attained his target in
due course. Finally Esmeralda was content to have the facilities she
had enjoyed in Kenya.
settling in, they both felt free to go and visit the boys. To date
they have made four trips to Canada and Europe.
DEMELLO VILLA, ANJUNA
,the eldest, had already established himself in the medical
profession in Toronto. With his special interest in Sclerotherapy or
the non-surgical treatment of varicose and spider veins, and eye
examinations, this community-based family physician played a pivotal
role in setting up the Lakeshore Village Walk-in Medical Clinic.
This has been acknowledged by the local community as welcome relief:
The clinic provides convenient, competent and prompt health care to
residents in an area that was formerly depressed and neglected. Dr.
Joe has also been the driving force behind the construction of a new
medical centre in the burgeoning Lakeshore-Kipling area of Toronto's
West End. This medical centre is now the showpiece of the local
medical community and features state of the art diagnostic and
treatment facilities. It also has a slate of visiting specialists.
To ensure that local physicians are kept abreast with current
advances in medicine, he has also initiated a series of Continuing
Medical Education seminars. His medical colleagues have nominated
him for a Practice of Excellence Award recognizing his outstanding
achievements in the medical field.
graduating in Business Management from Luton Polytechnic in England,
Raymond - the third boy - also went over to Canada at the invitation
of his eldest brother and secured a position in Materials Management
at Sharp Electronics in Toronto.
1972 Stan went to Canada and took up his studies at Dalhousie
University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He obtained a Master's Degree in
Social Work and Public Administration and became a community college
instructor in Vancouver and a lecturer at the University of Seattle
in Washington state - specializing in aboriginal affairs.
June 1975, after spending ten years in England, Tim too decided to
emigrate to Canada with his wife and infant son. He had a good
position in Rolls Royce, but strong family ties probably tugged at
him. His three brothers were already settled in Canada. He was
recruited by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. from London. He is located
in the Toronto area, where he has been a Manager. He is active on
the Internet with his newly formed company, GOACOM. Two other
partners have joined him in this venture. He is in daily contact
with Goa and other parts of the world on the Internet.
with all their four sons residing comfortably in Canada, it became
very convenient for Pascoal and Esmeralda to visit the country and
spend time with each one in his home, by turn.
four boys married girls of different nationalities. Joe's wife
Madeline comes from Barbados in the West Indies. Tim's wife,
Jennifer Hopkins, is English. They have three sons: Rob the eldest
followed by twins, Stephen and James. Raymond is the only son who
married a Goan. His wife Hyacinth De Souza hails from Tivim, Bardez.
They have one daughter, Hazel. Stan, the youngest, is married to
Canadian Kathleen MacKay. Stan has two children, Jessica and Thomas.
All six de Mello grandchildren are faring well and full of
Pascoal often refers to his family as a mini United
large coloured group photograph of this family adorns one wall of
the living room of "De Mello Villa" in de Mello vaddo.
an attractive picture it makes! A portrait of solidarity nurtured by
love! It speaks volumes of the broad international outlook of
Pascoal and Esmeralda - true citizens of the world! With open arms
they welcomed each one of these young women selected as partners by
Three generations of the de Mello family
On 21st August 1989 Pascoal and Esmeralda achieved a
milestone in their lives. This good fortune is given to few married
couples. They celebrated their Golden wedding! Fifty golden years
spent together in a close companionship based on trust, bound
together with bands of love! They chose to stay on in Anjuna to
revive their memory of that wonderful day half a century ago when
they started their beautiful commitment to face life, hand in hand,
with God by their side.
That morning in the same old village church of St. Michael,
Holy Mass in thanksgiving was celebrated by His Grace, Raul
Gonsalves, Archbishop of Goa, His Lordship Ignatius Lobo, Bishop of
Belgaum, and a number of priests. The jubilarians knelt down in
gratitude to God for the many years He had granted them to share
their joys and sorrows, and for the priceless gift of their
children, grand-children and loved ones.
Then followed a reception in the da Gama Pinto hall
adjoining the church. It was not possible for the entire family of
the happy couple to attend, but two of their sons, Bijoo and Stan
were present. There was a large gathering of relatives, friends and
well-wishers. Dr. Willie D'Souza, Chief Minister of Goa, an Anjuncar
and admirer of Pascoal, raised a toast to the
Another speech in their honour was made by Fr. Camilo da
PieDade da Cruz, an old friend and parish-priest of St. Anthony's
church, Vagator. It was loudly cheered by the many Africanders in
the audience because the speaker spoke in Swahili.
To mark this golden event Pascoal presented the sum of
Rs.20,000 to the Anjuna chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul, a charitable organisation that cares for the poor and needy of
Old habits die hard. Even while leading a retired life in
Goa, Pascoal was keenly alert. He kept himself abreast with
happenings the world over and took an active interest in local
affairs relating to the church and the "panchayat", or
representative council, of his own village of Anjuna. At one point
he even stood for election but probably because of his advancing
years did not win. His letters to the press have focused on several
burning issues affecting development and progress. They touched on
the growing need for concern regarding protection of the local
environment, the insidious threat of drug addiction to the youth,
and other such dangers consequent to the accelerated pace of tourism
Pascoal was largely instrumental in the formation of the
Lion's Club of Anjuna. On being selected as its Charter President he
lost no time in organising a most timely Seminar on the Evils of
Drug Abuse, on setting up Health Camps and in collecting donations
towards the two major schools in the village as well as in obtaining
the gift of a plot for the proposed community hall. His appointment
as President of the All-Goa Repatriates' Union which boasts of a
membership of 50,000 came as a most appropriate choice.
In 1980, on the feast of Our Lady of Help, Pascoal de Mello
made a timely gift to the village church by his generous offer of
strong metal gates for the compound. At another instance, to promote
devotion to the saintly Fr. Agnelo deSouza, a worthy son of Anjuna,
Pascoal made a large contribution towards his statue. This is now
given due pride of place in the precincts of the church.
Esmeralda on her part leads a quiet but contented existence
by the side of her life partner. In addition to her routine
household duties, plus maintaining her beautiful house and lovingly
tending her garden, she finds time to devote her energies to helping
others. Always gentle and soft-spoken, in her own unassuming way she
too is involved in advancing village welfare. Her activities are
mainly directed to the local chapel. She helps in the choir, in
decorating the chapel and personally prepares the little children to
receive their First Holy Communion.
Both Pascoal and Esmeralda enjoy the cozy comfort of being
in the peaceful seclusion of their lovely village home, among
friendly neighbours and familiar surroundings. They are still near
enough to the sea and the lovely beaches for which Anjuna is famous.
They have an intimate circle of close friends, and they socialise
now and then. With the passage of time, many of their dear ones have
died. But that has not made them downcast for they still have each
And their joy is in their boys. It is no longer easy for the
couple to undertake such a long journey. What they now look forward
to with the deepest pleasure are the visits of their children!
Naturally these vacations seem much too fleeting, and few. Though
physically separated from their sons by thousands of miles, they
keep in close touch by frequent letters and phone calls.
But as though that was not enough, Pascoal with his
far-sighted vision, ensured that the link would never be severed. He
encouraged each one of his sons, stable and secure in the country of
adoption, to retain a tie with his family roots. He coaxed them to
embark on long-term investments. They fully trusted their father's
judgment and already they are reaping dividends, particularly in the
face of the escalating price of land in Goa today.
Ever astute, Pascoal himself looked around most avidly till
he found good pieces of land in the vicinity, near the sea. Having
effected these purchases he personally supervised the construction
of separate, compact, self-contained little villas for each boy. Now
each one of their children clearly has a definite stake in Anjuna,
and hopefully some member of this extended joint-family will at some
point of time in the future return, at least to holiday in this
house by the sea and become, in the process, better acquainted with
his or her family beginnings.
This venture has even now enabled Pascoal and Esmeralda -
despite their advancing years - to welcome and entertain even the
most casual friends of their sons who come and stay in
Living in quiet dignity, this charming, ageing couple are an
inspiration to many. A sparkle comes to their eyes when, with
legitimate pride, they dwell on the achievements of their dear
The sentiments are reciprocated in full measure for the four
sons hold their parents in the highest esteem, they appreciate the
sacrifices made for them, the firm guidance they were given. And the
unwavering love showered on them despite failings and
disappointments for which they, the children, were sometimes
responsible. They think of their father and mother with fondness and
And isn't that the most fitting reward to a life well spent?
As Pascoal's eldest son says: "He fought the good fight, finished
the race, and won!"