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Friday, June 28, 2013 2:58:33 PM (IST)  

Mumbai: Darryl Castelino - Braveheart son who made his mother proud

Mumbai: Darryl Castelino - Braveheart son who made his mother proud

Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (SP)

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Mumbai, Jun 28: He played Santa for the kids during Christmas, and his favourite snacks were the traditional vada pav and pani puri. These and many such small yet fond memories are what wing commander Darryl Castelino, the braveheart from Kinnigoli near Mangalore who laid down his life for his country, has left behind.

His family, friends, well-wishers and colleagues who knew him from close quarters recall the jovial and warm hearted person that Darryl was. His mother Leena Castelino awaited his return long after he lost his life, as she was told that he was only injured in the Uttarakhand chopper crash. In fact, Leena was intially against his joining the defence forces,  but over the years, Darryl's heroic deeds have made her proud of her only son. He would regularly call her up and describe what he was doing, and she would proudly narrate the same to her neighbours, without actually realizing the dangers his job posed.

The chopper Darryl was commanding, which was carrying army personnel, was moving towards a temporary air base in Gauchar in Uttarakhand, when it crashed near Jungle Chatti, north of Gaurikund. The chopper was on its way back from a rescue mission in Kedarnath.

With wife Jyothi

The neighbourhood of Vakola, where he grew up, is in a pall of gloom. His friends say that right from the beginning, Darryl was fond of flying helicopters and it was his dream to serve the nation. During Christmas he would return home, and often play the Santa for kids. His last visit was during the Christmas of 2012.

One of his former colleagues, Capt Unnikrishnan, reminisced that Darryl was a dedicated professional who was undaunted by obstacles. His younger sister, Sheryl Braganza, recalled that her brave brother, who served the IAF for 19 years, liked to be addressed as ‘Castro Dayavan’. 

People from Bantwadi in Kundapur taluk, which happens to be the native place of Darryl Castelino’s wife Jyothi, fondly recollect the visit of the soldier to their place last year. After marrying Jyothi in 2003, Darryl used to visit her hometown every year with family members. The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary only a month ago.

Sources said that this year too, he was scheduled to visit Bantwadi during November. Darryl's brother-in-law Rony Olivera and other family members left for Kolkota immediately after learning about the sad demise.


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Comments on this article
aladdin pais, Mangalore / Mumbai
Sunday, June 30, 2013


Further to my note of yesterday, understand the funeral is at 3:00 PM today.

Kindly spread the news.

Let us all attend in LARGE nos.

May the Good Lord grant him eternal rest and give the family strength to carry on.


Aladdin Pais

mohammed aslam, mangalore
Saturday, June 29, 2013

great brother of india,we r proud of u,may his soul rest in peace...

Mrs. AF D'Souza, Kundapur/Mumbai.,
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thanks Aladdin Pais to let us know about the funeral details of late
Cdr.Darryl Castelinho( at Vakola church,Sunday evening.) Not only people from Vakola and Kalina but we people from around Mumbai & Thane would like to pay our homage to this darling son of Kinnigoli and dutiful son-in-law of Padukone,Kundapur, Karnataka. May his soul rest in peace.

RoseDSouza, Mumbai /Dubai
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Darryl, O Lord And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May His Soul Rest In Peace. Our Prayers And Sympathies For All Family Members.

THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah
Saturday, June 29, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to Darryl's family. May God give them strength and courage to bear this loss. May his soul Rest in Peace.
A Real Hero of India.

aladdin pais, Mangalore / Mumbai
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dear Editor,

Kindly request your Mumbai correspondent to follow up on the points below:

- The funeral that was to happen yesterday did not happen and understand from the Military folks that it might be today or tomorrow.

- The funeral mass while will be at Vakola Church the burial would be at Kalina cemmetry. This as Vakola shares their cemetry with the Kalina Church cemetry.

By the above you would be able to give the many people from Kalina and Vakola a clear picture so that they can attend in large numbers more so it being a weekend.

Kind Regards

Aladdin Pais

J N Lobo, Mumbai
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Funeral Mass will be on Sunday, 30th June at 3:00 pm at St. Antony Church, Vakola. Most likely Bishop Percy wiill celebrate the Eucharist.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Very unfortunate and very sad. My proud SALUTATION to late Darryl OUR AIR FORCE HERO....may his soul RIP. Heartfelt condolences to his family & friends.

Friday, June 28, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family a true hero who gave his life for serving the country. RIP

Stany Dsouza, Miyar / Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

Darryl,brave heart, we salute you.May your precious soul and all the souls of brave hearts rest in eternal bliss. May God give strength to your family to bear the loss.

Brian, Udupi
Friday, June 28, 2013

Salute to the great Martyr who laid his life for others.. RIP SIR.. Respect to our Soldiers.. Condolences to the bereaved family..

Florie, Udupi
Friday, June 28, 2013

God bless you Darryl. May your soul rest in peace. May God give your family the strength to bear your loss.

Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

We are proud of you Darryl.

R.Bhandarkar, M'lore
Friday, June 28, 2013

Madam Jyothi your Darryl is the nation's darling and such a person always lives in everybody's heart.
He is our pride now.

Capt.Edward Lobo, Bantwal ,Mangalore,Sharjah
Friday, June 28, 2013

It is very sad to hear the death of 20 defence and police personnel who lost their precious lives while saving our countrymen.It is the greatest sacrifice a human being can make saving the life of some one whom he has never seen in his life.Being a resident of Vakola for 24 years and a parishioner of St.Anthony's Church I might have have seen Darryl when he was young.There are only few mangalorean catholic pilots and I feel very sad when I hear such tragedies.A job of a pilot is risky one especially in harsh weather conditions.Split second decisions have to be taken if any thing goes wrong with the machine you fly.We don't know the reason of this crash yet but cockpit voice recorder may throw some light.May God give the strength to his beloved family to recover from the loss of their love one.May his soul rest in peace.

Friday, June 28, 2013


J N Lobo, Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

Darryl, we salute you.
May God give strength to your Mom and family to bear the loss.

Friday, June 28, 2013

May God give strength to his family to bear the loss.May his soul rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!

Valerian DSouza, Udupi / Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

Dear Darryl,
You lived to save us, you died to save us.
Sacrificing ones own life to save others is highest form of sacrifice.
No sacrifice is greater than sacrificing ones own life.
We are indebted to you and your near and dear ones. May God give strength to your family to bear YOUR LOSS! IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE.
May God grant you eternal life and you will live forever!

Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

We will miss you braveheart....

Anish, Mangalore
Friday, June 28, 2013

Great soul, for a noble cause. Hats off!!!

RIP Bro, May God have mercy on your loved ones

Declan, Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

India has lost another Hero - Darryl Castelino - a Soldier and a Braveheart. Extremely saddened on hearing this news. It is with a deep sense of gratitude and respect we salute him for the ultimate sacrifice of giving his own life in the service his countrymen and motherland.
I pray he finds eternal rest and peace in the arms of Jesus our Lord and God.
May his family and all his near and dear ones be blessed with all the strength they need to bear the loss of their dearest one.
May his life and sacrifice stay in our memory always and be an inspiration for all.

Declan, Mumbai
Friday, June 28, 2013

May I also add that by your 'supreme sacrifice' all of us from Dakshina Kannada / Udupi distr. feel an extra sense of Pride that one of our own will be forever revered and remembered as a true 'Son of India'.

Noel Castelino, Kanajar/Bangalore
Friday, June 28, 2013

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.John 15:13
May His soul rest in peace.

RSRB, Kundapura / KSA
Friday, June 28, 2013

Dear Castelino family, we are proud of "real son of India" who made all of us to remember him for lifetime.

WILFRED D'SOUZA, kulshekar/saudi-arabia
Friday, June 28, 2013

May the Almighty Lord Grant Eternal Rest to his soul and give Strength and Courage to his Family Members,specially ,Wife,Mother and Children.''Sasnaso Vishew dhi Thaka Ye Somya,ani Niranthar Prakas Thacher Fankondi samadhanenth Thaso Atmo Vishew gevndhi'' Amen.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Really I am saddened by the death of wing commander Derryl castlino.May the departed soul rest in peace.

oswald lobo, mangalore
Friday, June 28, 2013

eternal peace grant unto him o'lord and may his soul rest in peace.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Salute to the brave heart. Indeed a martyr who died for his country men

Vijay DSouza, UK/ Kanajar
Friday, June 28, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with Darryl Castelino’s family during this tragic time. RIP Darryl.

Yousuf k, Bangalore
Friday, June 28, 2013

our condolence to the family of great son of India.

Anand Melwin, Shankerpura, Saudi Arabia
Friday, June 28, 2013

Darryl you are the real hero of India. Condolences to all family members. May his soul rest in peace.

Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Friday, June 28, 2013

Late Darryl Castelino is the real hero who has saved so many people before he breathed his last.Everybody is proud of him and we all pray continuously to God to accomadate his soul in heaven.Thanq.

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