Mangaluru: 100th birthday of Gladys D'Souza turns tragic as daughter dies during celebration


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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru 

Mangaluru, Apr 2: In a tragic twist of fate, a woman who was celebrating her mother’s 100th birthday collapsed in between the celebration and died shortly after.

Gloria Lobo (75) was all excited to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday. She along with her daughter Liza and siblings Trevor D’Souza and Christopher D’Souza had organised a grand centenary celebration for her mother Gladys D’Souza nee Currie who turned 100 on March 30 at Nympha Sadan, a senior citizen home at Pandeshwar on Monday, April 2.

Gloria was present for the cake cutting, and delivered an emotional speech and a poem in honour of her mother.

As the celebrations were going on, Gloria suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The celebrations were cut short and the guests were anxiously waiting for her health update, when the news arrived that she had passed away.

Gloria’s brother Trevor is under extreme shock. He told that his sister had arrived a few days back from Canada for her mother’s 100th birthday. She was a heart patient and had also undergone a bypass surgery. She was overwhelmed with the celebrations and also was exhausted with the preparations and the sudden change in weather, he added.

Though Gloria collapsed in front of her mother’s eyes, Gladys was told that she was feeling unwell and was taken to her room for rest.

The family which is still not come in terms with the sudden turn of events has now to break the news of Gloria’s death to Gladys.

The last words of Gloria was the following poem she had penned down and read to her mother Gladys:
 
A hundred years of life - less than five feet tall
Through two world wars and failures and falls
She's picked herself up and fixed things a-right
To make life for her five, happy and bright
 
After 15 years of married life, widowhood came
Mum tried to keep the same, much the same
 
With mass and the rosary and the stick her tools
She made sure her children followed her rules
 
She still has the fire right down in her belly,
She still has a way to make me quake like a jelly
 
To love and to honour God gave her to me
To be my mother forever and ever- you see
 
Happy birthday mum - I entrust you to the  Immaculate heart of Mary
Take care of her dear Mother. 


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  • Ivan & Venny D’Lima, Mangalore/ CANADA TORONTO

    Fri, Apr 6 2018

    Dearest Lisa, Trevor & Christopher and family,
    Please accept our prayers and heartfelt condolences on the tragic passing away of Gladys.
    My family joins you and your loved ones in prayers & supplications to our God Almighty.
    May her soul Rest In Peace.
    Ivan, Venny, Dylan & Dyanca D’Lima
    Richmond Hill
    Toronto
    Canada

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Very sad .Just God had given her the chance atleast to come to greet her mother s ce100th birthday celebration,to have a chance to greet her,to speak to her.Gods ways are quite different.May her soul rest in peace.Heartfelt sympathy to her family.

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  • Wency & Lydia Fernandes & fly., Mangalore / Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 3 2018

    Dear Trevor, Norma, Christoper & your families. We are shocked to hear of the sad and tragic demise of our dear Gloria. She ,must have been all excited to celebrate this centenary celebration of our dear Aunty Glads. We believe it is the Lords plan that Gloria is gone to a better place.May her soul rest in peace.
    We congratulate all of you on Mummy turning 100 years. When ever we visited Mangalore, we made it a point to visit her. She played the organ right till the last. My son Wayne/Dr. Carol & fly. visited Mummy in the month of March this year to wish her.
    The poem Gloria has written is thought provoking and beautiful.

    Love and warm regards

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  • Donald D'Souza, Mangalore/Toronto - St. Joe's Highland Church

    Tue, Apr 3 2018

    Trevor and Christopher please accept our sincere condolences on the sad demise of your sister Gloria.
    While we share in your grief, we pray that Almighty God has mercy on the departed soul, may he shine his eternal light upon her and may she rest in peace.

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  • Rosita D'Souza, Auckland

    Tue, Apr 3 2018

    Dear Trevor, Norma and Christopher,

    We are saddened to hear of Gloria passing away. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    From
    Rosita, Ronald, Divya and Amrita.

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  • Cliffy, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 3 2018

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. Feel sad for the Mother. RIP.

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  • Francis Brown, Calcutta/Canada

    Tue, Apr 3 2018

    A beautiful poem! My thoughts and prayers are with Liza, Trevor, and Family.

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  • Merlyn Lobo Brito, Orlando

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies at the tragic death of Gloria. I have fond memories of her from my childhood days in Calcutta. She was always gentle , kind, soft- spoken and a role model for us as we were growing up. I remember attending her wedding to Romper Lobo and though we rarely met after that, she was always affectionate & happy to reconnect.
    She died as she lived looking after & caring for others.
    May her soul rest in peace and may her family, Aunty Gladys, her children, brothers Trevor & Christopher and sister Norma find consolation.
    Merlyn

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  • Clifford Correa, Pune/Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Sorry to hear the sorrowful news of your sister Gloria, on the birthday of your mother's celebration, Christopher .

    May her soul Rest in Peace, May God strenghten you all to bear the loss.

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  • Maria Phyllis dcosta, Karwar Now in Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Yes ,the incident was painful shocking and sad.It teaches us a lesson in humility and understanding.
    We live we work we slough we sigh !we hoard and save things for a rainy day
    If we could only go deeper and understand life, we'd realize that death is only a breath away..it steals us away even without our knowledge. We need to face it gallantry for he knows why He know its time to leave. Let's accept it and say.He loved her and God has the reason for taking her away.

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  • FLORA DSOUZA, Kalmady - Jerimeri (Mumbai)

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    What a heart breaking incident! What a poem she wrote, expressed all her emotions ..... its an example that death is coming like a thief.... Children's death in front of parents is very painful. May Gloria Bai's soul rest in peace and let Mother Mary take care of her Mom with good health.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Very very sad to hear that Gloria Lobo was taken away in the midst of Glady.s centenary celebrations. May her soul rest in peace and deepest condolences to her family, including her brother Eric who was my classmate in my early years at SAC until SSLC, her family and her nephews and nieces especially those who made the long trip to India from Canada.
    Just yesterday I saw the picture of Gladys and the Papal Certificate printed in the Mangalore Today, sent to me by my good friend Ivan Saldanha, and I was so delighted to see and read about Gladys. I am not quite sure if I met Gladys when our tiffin was sent to their house in Candle Gardens so we didn't have to make a much longer trip for lunch to Kankanady, and I am extremely sad that Gladys has lost her daughter during her Big Day. My condolences especially to Gladys and hope that she will be blessed by God to bear this sorrow when the news are given to her,

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  • V for Victory, Bajpe

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Heart touching incident .. really sad to know that Gloria no more . We should always remember that death give meaning to our life . Gladys as I know was very jovial and helpful person. Met her with my great friend Thomas cook . . Let us pray god to comfort her during this difficult time .
    VV
    Bajpe

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Celebrating birthday itself is a tragedy we are losing one more year on the day of birthdays.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    our death is just behind us, rest in peace Gloria,

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Very sad. May her soul rest in Peace.Heartfelt condolences her family.

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  • Mohammad Sadiq, Dubai / Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Oh!!. Very sad indeed... I can only image how the entire family felt and how mother would react when she comes to know the sad news. RIP Gloria. My deepest condolence to the bereaved family. May Almighty give them strength to bear this terrible loss.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    SAD ...

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  • Jamber Bappu, Bajpe

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Heartbreaking news , May her soul rest in peace, we both in deep love but somehow we can't make it we went different way of life,

    RIP
    Jamber Bappu
    Bajpe

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    RIP...sudden weather change from Canada to Mangaluru will be very difficult for old people.

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  • K K, Bajpe

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    RIP sad to hear the news ,my parents very close to her dad , we spend childhood together,

    RIP

    K. K
    Bajpe

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  • J P James, Bajpe / Puchall

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    O MG very heart breaking, sad to hear that Gladlys is no more , may her soul rest in peace, Ashok Raymond was very upset after hearing Gladys death , Remember some valuable time spend together in the past,

    JP James
    Bajpe/ Puchall

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    RIP Gloria...
    When we have our plans...God has his own plans...which nobody can change that...

    ...JH...

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Exactly. No one can predict.

    RIP Gloria. What a touching poem you wrote.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Heart breaking incident. May God Almighty grant her eternal rest.

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  • Gp.Capt.Leslie Rebello, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    RIP Gloria.Iwill miss you very much.My condolences to dear Lizza Trever. GLADYS and rest of the family.

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