April 23 this year, Goans around the world mourned the
passing of one its leading lights, the tourism
businessman Lewis de Souza who was founder and chairman
of Visit Africa Safaris, reports Cyprian Fernandes.
He died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in
On August 29, the family was struck with a shocking
double tragedy when his widow, Antoinette, suddenly
passed away while on short holiday in Zanzibar, one of
her favourite places.
They are survived by their only daughter.
Heather-Gail who is left to carry on the mantle.
She is related to Merwin de Souza.
She was an important link for Goans in the diaspora
and provided wonderful help in sourcing vital
More recently, she helped renovate Pio Gama Pinto's
grave in Nairobi City Park.
Below are two
poignant tributes, one from Heather-Gail and the
other from a family friend
Antoinette: A daughter's tears - A true love story,
a broken heart
Memories: Antoinette de Souza and Me - By Cynthia