Panaji, February 16, 2019 …MLA and Former Deputy Chief Minister Late Shri Francis D’Souza was led to rest with full State honours at the St. Jerome’s Church Mapusa today. Archbishop Filip Nerry Ferrao was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration.
The remains of the D’Souza were drapped in the national tricolor and he was given a guard of honour followed by ‘Reverse arms’’ as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Late D’Souza passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday afternoon at 64, Elected for five terms from Mapusa.
Prominent among those who attended the funeral were, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Dr. Pramod Sawant, Dy.Speaker Shri Michael Lobo, Health Minister Shri Vishwajit Rane Revenue Minister Shri Rohan Khaunte, PWD Minister Shri Ramkrishna ( Sudin ) Dhavalikar, Tourism Minister Shri Manohar ( Babu ) Azgaonkar, Power Minister Shri Nilesh Cabral, Urban Development Minister Shri Milind Naik, Agriculture Minister Shri Vijay Sardesai, Rural Development Minister Shri Jayesh Salgaonkar, WRD Minister Shri Vinod Palyenkar, Panchayat Minister Shri Mauvin Godinho, Union Minister of State for Ayush Shri Shripad Naik, MP South Goa Shri Narendra Savoikar, Member of Rajya Sabha Shri Vinay Tendulkar, Leader of Opposition Shri Chandrakant ( Babu ) Kavlekar, Ex-Chief Minister & MLA Shri Pratapsingh Rane,I MLA Bicholim Shri Rajesh Patnekar,MLA Alina Saldanha, MLAs of Congress Party IGP Goa Police Shri Jaspal Singh IPS, Industralist Shri Srinivas Dhempo and others.