“I had so much at home and I had a deep desire to share things. I had a socialist bent of mind despite living in a capitalist environment. This is the force behind all my work and this very thing has driven every aspect of my all life all these years”-Smt Octavia Albuquerque
Mangaluru: Octavia Albuquerque an ex- MLC , a Rajyotsava awardee, and Founder Member of Cheshire Home-Mangaluru passed away on Wednesday 9, 2016 at the age of 92.
On February 20, 2016 she celebrated her 92nd birthday in a grand scale amidst her family members and friends. According to her close friends, Smt Albuquerque was a very down to earth and unassuming personality who was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Though she was in her 90’s she still appeared to be so full of vigour, enthusiasm and always involved in her social work, which she did with great love and pride. No doubt, Octavia Albuquerque was indeed a remarkable lady.
Being the daughter of a Deputy Collector and later through marriage she was the daughter-in-law of the late Felix Pai Albuquerque, the famous tile business magnate of Mangaluru, Smt Octavia got the exposure and opportunity to turn philanthropic dreams and desires into reality. Her husband the late Cyril Albuquerque too was a guiding force and encouragement to her in all her activities. Unfortunately he passed away when she was just 54 years old but yet she did not deter from her set goals of doing good to society.
Octavia Albuquerque was the first chair-person of the Standing Committee, and was the first chairman delegate in the history of 100 year of Mangaluru Municipality. She was good and powerful speaker, a great social worker, a woman of strength of character, fearless and always knew her grounds. An active Congress member since 1960, she became General Secretary of the Women’s wing from 1964-1966. She was the president of South Mangalore Block Congress committee.
Albuquerque was a good administrator, and in 1967 she was awarded the Rajyotsava award for her social service, and in 1967, His Holiness Pope Paul VI presented her the Golden Cross of Service Pro-Eclesia-Et-Pontifice. As a founder member of Cheshire Home-Mangalore, she lived a life full of service. She has traveled mostly all over the world, and in 1965 she visited the USA on an invitation from a institute to speak on ‘War on Poverty’ in Washington-DC. She was person always smiling, and lived with dignity and discipline. Her strength came from God for all the services she rendered for the poor and needy.
Smt. Octavia Albuquerue has always had a soft corner for the underprivileged and less fortunate and her late paternal grandmother instilled this sentiment in her. Born into a well to family, she was quick to observe the widening gap between the haves and have-nots. Her political bent of mind was perhaps influenced by her father who was instrumental the Salt Satyagraha movement in Mangaluru She was instrumental in starting the Ladies Social Service League with a group of about 30 – 40 ladies of Mangaluru who used to visit the sick and the dying in hospitals and homes. She was the main backbone behind the establishment of Cheshire Home-Mangaluru. May her soul rest in peace.
Funeral details are as follows :
Smt Octavia Albuquerque body will be brought to her residence “Sea View” Albuquerque Tile Factory premises, Hoige Bazar-Mangaluru at 11 am tomorrow 10 March 2016. Funeral mass will be held at Rosario Cathedral at 4 pm on 10 March 2016.
For more details contact Loy Albuquerque at: 9448148224