Kuwait: GCC accords warm farewell to dynamic Goan

News: Gasper Crasto

Kuwait, Apr 5: Goans have lived in Kuwait for ages, excelling in their field of profession.

Agnello A S Fernandes, a well-known Goan who excelled in Kuwait over the years was extended a warm farewell by the Goan Cultural Centre (GCC) at a special function held at Holy Family Cathedral, here, recently.

Agnello was honored at the hands of Fr Antony Lopez, OFM CAP, JCD chancellor and judicial vicar of AVONA (Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia), in the presence of GCC president, Carmo Santos and other members of the community.

Felicitation and honours

Fr Anthony began the brief ceremony by reciting a prayer and wishing Agnello and his family all the very best in life.

The dynamic personality was presented with Kuwait’s symbolic memento in recognition of his immense contribution towards the Goan community in Kuwait.

Agnello’s wife, Neeta Fernandes was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion in the background of an iconic photo, GCC President CarmoSantos showered the couple with tributes, “Agnellohas served in every field with marked distinction, he will be much remembered by everyone especially for his contribution to Goan sports and culture.”

Santos further summarized life, “From being president of Navelim YC for 15 years - actively supporting Indian football activities and Goan culture and art, shouldering the first Gulf Voice of Goa singing competition, to support organize the repatriation of stranded Goans, to being a role model in charities, Agnello has been there and lived by example.”

“Kuwait has been more than our second home,” said an emotional Agnello, proudly, “Words fall short to express the love I have for Kuwait.”

The members, especially GCC vice-president Martin Alphonso, CRC Chinchinim president Bosco Leitao, in their speeches recollected Agnello’s immense humour that helped everyone around him to rise to cheerful spirits.

Gasper Crasto stated, “Agnello was the face of Navelkars in Kuwait for many years and an architect and pillar of Navelim who always stood for unity among its members.”

“I am leaving with fond memories of Kuwait and friends that I have made over the years,” concluded Agnello in his farewell speech while thanking GCC for the kind gesture in honoring him.
Agnello, who resigned last November, left Kuwait for good.

??gnello's life in Kuwait

Born at Aquem-Alto, now a posh hub of Margao, son of a sailor, Agnello had his initial education at Guardian Angel High School Sanvordem, before his graduation and arrival in Kuwait in 1975.

Agnello started his career with Jassim Mohd Al Ali Al Wazzan in their indenting department as a junior clerk.

After working for 6 years, he joined KFTCIC, the biggest investment company at that time, in their treasury backend office. He worked with them for 16 years and when the company merged with Kuwait Investment Company in the late 90s, he moved to National Investment Company as a settlement officer.

Agnello later joined Gulf Custody Company as a senior settlement officer and worked for them since 2001. Thanks to his hard work, Agnello rose to the position of vice-president - fund administration department of Gulf Custody Company - the biggest fund custodian in GCC countries with over 7 billion US dollars’ worth of assets under them.

It was a pride for Goans to see a fellow Goan achieving great heights in a country where top positions are mostly dominated by Arabs and Europeans.

Agnello was also a member of the Board of Directors of Indian Community School (ICSK) which runs four huge schools in Kuwait affiliated to CBSE.


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