Rayan & Priya Fernandes Remembered as ‘Friendliest & Kindest Souls’ by Everyone at FMCI
- Rayan & Priya Fernandes,( both employees at Father Muller Hospital, who died in a tragic accident on 27 October 2020, when their bike was run over by a speeding heavy truck, near Thokkottu Flyover) Remembered as the ‘Friendliest & Kindest Souls’ by EVERYONE who knew them at Father Muller Charitable Institutions, Mangaluru. Rayan and Priya were married on 19 January 2020.
Mangaluru: The blow was hard, the shock was severe for the management of Father Muller Charitable Institutions, colleagues at work at Father Muller Hospital, relatives and friends, about the tragic death of Rayan Fernandes, aged 26, and his wife, Shanthi Priya D’souza nee Fernandes, also aged 26, who perished in a tragic accident on 27 October 2020, when their bike was ran over by a heavy truck, at Thokkottu Flyover, near Ullal on the outskirts of Mangaluru. For more details on the accident Click on this link: Ref: Newly-wed couple Die in Tragic Road Accident at Thokkottu ). Due to their tragic death at such a young age, many who were close and dear to them will miss them because of their warm and friendly touch, which had made everyone feel comfortable. They had a special way that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew them, especially their colleagues, priests, nuns, doctors, nurses and students at FMMC, and the qualities that made them the wonderful young couple they were, have left everyone with many beautiful memories.
Just after tying the knot in front of family and friends on 19 January 2020, Rayan and Priya, the newly wedded couple are described as “the kindest souls” and sadly missed by everyone, whom they knew during their time at FMMC hospital, and outside their workplace. And the large crowd that attended their funeral at God The Holy Spirit Church, Bajal, Mangaluru showed that Rayan and Priya did touch the hearts of many through their politeness, graciousness and friendliness, and were liked by all. “They were basically the kindest souls that I knew,” said Christine, a staff of FMMC, and a close friend of the tragic couple, and adding she said, ” “Honestly, if you met them even once you could tell that these two belong together for sure. Death shouldn’t have come so soon for the two beautiful friends of mine ”
The FIRST person to Mourn the death of Rayan and Priya Fernandes, was Rev Fr Richard Coelho, the Director of father Muller Charitable Institutions, Mangaluru, who had interviewed and hired both, Rayan and Priya for their respective posts at FMMC- in his message to Mangalorean.com, Fr Coelho said, ” Regarding, Rayan Fernandes, he had joined as an attender in the office of the Assistant Administrator of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital on 3-10- 2013, and held the same job until his demise few days ago. Energetic, youthful and accommodating, he excelled in sports and cultural activities too. He lived a life of zeal and helped in supervision of the campus hostels with meticulous outlook and obedience. He was instrumental in getting together staff and faculty for sports and group plays. His creative ideas and thoughts were well appreciated.
Regarding Shanthi Priya, she joined Father Muller Medical College Hospital as a junior clerk in the pediatric department on 10-8-2015. She was known for her simplistic and caring nature. Her duty bound ways helped her gain confidence of the faculty and staff. Her patients too loved her. Priya worked with the faculty in departmental activities and was a beam of brightness. I end this column with a condolence message from Rev Fr Richard Coelho, the Director of Father Muller Charitable Institutions, Mangaluru. Both Rayan and Priya were sincere and hardworking. It’s unbelievable and unimaginable that they are no more with us. Both of them after their work met with this tragic accident..May the Good Lord grant them Eternal Rest. May their Parents be consoled by the Lord and be strengthened to bear this great loss” added Fr Richard.
Also speaking on Rayan Fernandes, Mrs Ida Sequeira-Office Superintendent in Admissions Dept and Mrs Geena Pinto, a clerk in the Administration dept said, “Rayan was the son of Late Raymond Fernandes & Mrs Flavy Fernandes, and the eldest among three children, having a brother & a Sister. Joining Father Muller’s from 03.10.2013 as Attender, Administrator’s Office, he was an active Young, energetic, and hardworking employee – a “ಸ್ಪುರದ್ರೂಪಿ ಯುವಕ”- and was getting-along with everyone. He loved life and believed in living life to the fullest. As a Sportsman – cricket was his passion. Never left a chance to play and WIN
Talented in organizing, and team building activities, Supervising and leadership qualities – both at work and life in general. Blessed with a sense of humour, he had a practical outlook on life. He loved travelling, visiting places and spending quality time with friends and family. Had a soft corner for birds/animals, and loved to rear pets and take care of them. Rayan had a creative mind – any program, he would bring out his creativity within no time. Always use to give respect to his superiors, elders and his colleagues. Sadly missed, and May his Soul Rest In Peace”.
Speaking about Mrs Shanthi Priya D’souza/Fernandes, Dr Sujonitha John-Paediatrician and Mrs Sunitha D’silva, a clerk in the paediatric dept said, “Priya was the daughter of Oswald Dsouza and Mrs Gretta Dsouza, and was the eldest among two children, having one brother. Priya was working in Father Muller’s from 10.08.2015 as Clerk in Paediatric Ward, and was always cheerful irrespective of how busy she was. She always had a helping nature towards all and a kind hearted person. She was always full of energy, there was not a dull moment when she was around. Priya was always humble, soft spoken and her name matched her nature. She was always with a smiling face and never missed the smile at any time. Everyone in the paediatric department will miss her, for her loving, and friendly nature. May her Soul Rest In Peace”.
A few others at FMMC, whom Team Mangalorean asked to describe Rayan and Priya- they said, “They both had a hint of joyfulness and fun, a sense of self-confidence, an unmistakable kindness. It was the kind of a peculiar smile that drew people to them. That smile was there the first time both joined Father Muller’s and that smile was still there the last time we all saw them both on 27 October, before they left us to Heavenly abode. If anything, everyone would agree with us that their qualities, nature and smile was brighter and more joyous the last time we all saw them. Their uncalled tragic death was helpless against it. We should all be so lucky to have as many friends as Rayan and Priya did. They touched more people in their 26 years of life on Earth than most of us could in 100 years. From their colleagues, priests, nuns, doctors and nurses to their relatives and friends, both of them kept close relationships as members of the Muller Family”.
Now, Rayan and Priya have gone away before us and are in Heaven interceding for us with Jesus. For us every death is painful. It is more painful when someone whom we love goes away from this world. For us every death is an unexpected shock. But this death of a newly wedded couple was not expected so quickly at such a young age. But God had His wish to take this young couple from the Father Muller Campus, to his Garden in Heaven. In this tragic death of these two young souls, the love of God is revealed to us. I truly believe that Rayan and Priya are at peace and are united with their dear ones and friends in Heavenly bliss. Finally what dominates our life are our memories. Rayan and Priya for their colleagues and friends, is not merely memory; they are part of us, part and parcel of each one of us. Their smile, courage, laughter, expression, dedication, concern, care, Christian understanding, serviceability, limitless love, all have entered into our bloodstream. Definitely they are the rose that is taken away by the Master to be placed in His garden to shine forever. Today, they are in Heaven, praying for us and interceding for us.
I end this tribute column with a quote and message on behalf of Management and Staff of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, whom Rayan and Priya Fernandes were associated with-
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. As is a tale, so is a life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Grief is the price we pay for love. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes. Only a moment they stayed, but what an imprint their footprints have left on our hearts. If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Every life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished. What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Finally, all we can say to our dear friend Rayan and Priya Fernandes is, ” We will all think of you in silence. We often speak your name, now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake with which we’ll never part. God bless you in his keeping, but we’ll always have you both in our hearts and in our memories. You are sadly missed by us, and everyone dear and near to you. May Your Souls Rest In Peace”.