orator, composer, singer and writer
Joaquim Albert Sequeira, popularly known as 'Jock' Sequeira, died last
month in London.
He was an Education
Officer in Mombasa where he worked for 20 years until his retirement
in 1965 when he and his family settled in Wimbledon, London.
Jock was not only a
teacher, having qualified with a B.A. and B.T. from Bombay University,
but an orator, composer, singer and writer.
He is remembered as a
great teacher and for his three published books:
in The Air,
The Home and School and
With a Pipe In my Mouth.
He taught in
Bombay at the prestigious Jesuit St. Mary’s High School,
Mazagon, alma mater of
outstanding journalist, editor and commentator, Frank
famous conductor Zubin Mehta,
celebrity Frank Simoes and in Kenya,
Gama Rose, senior partner of Shapley Barret, advocates and
chairman of a score of blue chip companies including the
commercial Bank of Africa.
In the Coast
Province Jock was a senior teacher in a number of schools and
a vice principal.
For his epitaph Jock,
who was a human computer with apt quotations for all occasions,
selected his hero with Abraham Lincoln’s epitaph:
he was a good man as men go,
and as men go, he went!’
At his funeral Mass in
the Jesuit parish, St. Winifreds Church, Wimbledon, the all-Goan choir
with Goan musicians and the large congregation sang his nostalgic
which, in Konkani,
means l am going, l am going.
The funeral eulogy was
emotionally delivered by Mervyn Maciel from Sutton, Surrey, who spoke
of Jock as ‘my dear cousin'.
A person with whom
Mervyn shared the family distinction of being an orator, singer and
writer of the book of his Kenya memoirs 'Bwana Karani'.
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