House condoles Fr Antimo Gomes’ death
The Goa legislative assembly on Thursday condoled the recent demise of well-known educationist Fr Antimo Gomes and paid rich tributes to him. The house also observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to Gomes.
The condolatory motion was moved by Aldona BJP MLA Glenn Ticlo, who remembered Gomes, a former principal of St Xavier's college in Mapusa, as a multifaceted personality and a colossus in the field of education, who was also conferred with the title of Canon by the church.
While chief minister Manohar Parrikar praised Gomes for his work in education, deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza said that as principal of St Xavier's college in Mapusa, Gomes was his neighbour for many years. He said it was Gomes who transformed the college, not only in physical infrastructure but also in education. Gomes was a hard-worker and a strict disciplinarian, D'Souza said.
St Andre BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh described Gomes as a "real visionary, educationist to the core and a very strict disciplinarian". Wagh said Gomes was a true follower of Christ as he believed that service to humanity was service to God. He lamented that Goa had lost a noble personality.
Former chief minister Digambar Kamat recalled his "close association" with Gomes. Praising Gomes' "immense contribution to education", Kamat said Gomes had a large role in shaping the diocesan schools in Goa. [TOI]