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Mangaluru: Joseph Menezes, oldest man from coastal districts, dies at 109


By John B Monteiro

Mangaluru, Apr 21: Joseph Menezes, perhaps the oldest in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, living in a rural hamlet at Magandadi House, Balkunje, about 45 Km from Mangaluru, passed away on April 20 after a brief illness and hospital discharge, with his family members around his bedside. His funeral is scheduled on April 22 with Mass at 11 AM in Balkunje church.

Joseph was born in the then composite parish of Kinnigoly to Diacus and Antonia (nee Pinto) Menezes on June 28, 1909 – fifth of eight children, three boys and five girls. He studied up to V St. in St. Paul Primary School. Living in a joint family on a 6-acre farm, Joseph married Lucy Cutinha from the same parish in 1927. Over the years he left the joint family household without facing the hassles and bitterness normally associated with family property partition. He managed the farm, situated in the same area, of his younger sister whose family was in the estate in the Ghats.

Meanwhile, the Menezes couple had five children – two of whom died in infancy. Joseph’s life was marked by a lack of ambition (or greed?) and competition as reflected in his decision not to bid for his part in the ancestral property through partition. Only when his son, Mark, had to marry in1979, did he mark out a 40-cent plot of land, owned by his sister, and built a cosy little tiled house with tiny utilitarian rooms. He planted, and tendedto, till the last six years, coconut trees on the plot. The yield from these trees has been enough to look after the frugal bare running expenses of the household, supplemented anything else through funding by his support network.

The Bible, in Psalms (XC 12), says: “The days of our years are three-score years and ten; if by reason of strength they be four-score years,... for it is soon cut off and we fly away.” So, clearly Joseph had outlived the Biblical age.
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“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension.” George Burns, American comedian and writer (1896-1996).This, without further amplification for lack of space, is confirmed in the life of the late Joseph Menezes.

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  • JUDITH LEWIS, mumbai

    Sun, Apr 23 2017

    May his soul RIP

    Really remarkable 109 healthy years.

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  • Cyril Dsouza, Mumbai/mangalore

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    RIP Joseph Abba you will always remain in the hearts of many who have seen you and admired you

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Joseph Menezes. May you continue to live in the hearts of many who loved. May your soul rest peace. Until we meet in Heavenly Jerusalem

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Quote
    The Bible, in Psalms (XC 12), says: “The days of our years are three-score years and ten; if by reason of strength they be four-score years,... for it is soon cut off and we fly away.” So, clearly Joseph had outlived the Biblical age.
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    Stress free life is key to once longevity!!

    Miracle of God almighty !!

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    pls read key to one's longevity.

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  • Lancy Pais, Elinje

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    I met Aba on 13th April 2017 and spoke to him.

    May his Soul Rest in peace.

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  • Conrad John Tauro, Shirva/Udupi/Dubai

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    RIP Grandpa!
    Really hurting to see old people leaving us one after the other.
    Every soul has to taste death - Inna lillahi wa inna ilihi rajioon.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    For a long life the top secret is daily prayers.Atleast our prayers in the evening should be at least 15 minutes .A family that pray together stays together.Another thing is a very discipline and a honest life.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    One legendary man died
    May his soul rest in eternal peace

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mum/Man

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    RIP Abba!!
    His long n healthy life was "simple living n high thinking"!!

    His ideology of not running the rat race to fund one's wants, but a frugal simple living admist nature for which he got rewarded abundantly by a long n peaceful life

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  • sri, Karkala

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Very rare to see people living longer.
    Secret behind was coconut, if you consume coconut oil or coconut chutney sambar etc you will stay fit and healthy..

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  • Alan, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Sri, The secret was he was a Non vegetarian , perhaps Beef sukka & pork meat have contributed to his Longetivity.

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  • Meena Serrao Barboza, Tanzania/Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    May our Lord bless and comfort Fr Denis, Sr Blandine and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    RIP ...

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    May His Soul Rest in Peace....

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    people from balkunje and surroundings....reach around between 90 and up above 100..

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    RIP....

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD -MALWANI

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    May Lord Grant Eternal Peace to the Departed Soul.

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