Dad
Errol Winston Desilva
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 9, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Calcutta, India
  • Date of passing: Jul 16, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Melbourne, Australia
There's no sugar in my tea!

Your physical body was no longer a fit garment for your wonderful spirit, so on the night of Thursday 16th July 2015, your spirit quietly laid your body aside, and Passed On to inherit and put on your Heavenly Garment, which was and is Eternally Yours.  ALL that which is YOU lives on... everything that made YOU... YOU ... : Your love for me and our family, your commitment to us, you putting us first in your life .... that lives on Eternally.  Everything in you to which I respond and everything in you which responds to me :  is as Everlasting as Life Itself.  Your love for me and our family... and our love for you... is Eternal - Now, Always, Forever.  You are missed and loved by our whole family around the world.   As for me .... Knowing how much and how deeply you love me is what keeps me going.... and you know : YOU were and always will be the Love of my Life. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 7th December 2016

"Hello Dada
I love you
__  I miss you  *******
From :
Your Grand-son
Lucas
xxxxxooooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 21st November 2016

"Hello Dada
I love you... i miss you... i think of you.... JUST LIKE NANA....
I have started a new school .... Heskett Primary School... I like it 100%.  
Love from
Your grand-son
Lucas xxxxooooo"

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 10th October 2016

"Hello my handsome brother Errol.  It is a little over two months since I have looked at your Memorial Page not because I have forgotten about you - no way, but I like the children get too tearful when I read all the beautiful heart warming stories all your lovely friends and family have said about you.  In my mind when I don't look at the Memorial Page then I feel you are still around and with us all.  I am sorry I missed your 54th Wedding Anniversary on the 6th October and could not wish you on your web page as I was unwell and still fighting off a very bad stubborn cough that refuses to leave me.  Tomorrow is your darling wife's birthday and we both will be chatting on Skype for a while. No doubt she will be very emotional not having you around in person but in spirit you will be watching over her.  Though it is a year and 3 months almost since your passing, it feels like only yesterday. Miss you loads. Your loving sister - Daph"

This tribute was added by Angela Teresa on 6th October 2016

"Happy anniversary to you my darling sister and my most beloved BIL xxxx❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 5th October 2016

"In Australia it is Thursday 6th October 2016 : 5.50 a.m.

HAPPY 54TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MY LOVE....
I WILL BE IN AIRPORT WEST TODAY THINKING OF YOU...
I WILL GO INTO ALDI AND SHOP FOR A FEW THINGS, AND THEN STAND AT THE COUNTER WHERE YOU STOOD EACH WEEK AND PACKED OUR GROCERIES...
I WILL LOOK AROUND THE SHOPS... AT LUNCH TIME I WILL GO TO THE FOOD COURT AND GET KFC AND HAVE LUNCH THERE KNOWING YOU ARE WITH ME AS ALWAYS.
I LOVE THE "WALK OF FAITH" PAINTING THAT WAS ON MY DESK CALENDAR FOR TODAY... IT WAS SUCH A SYMBOLIC ONE FOR THE TWO OF US.
THANK YOU FOR THE LEGACY YOU LEFT ME... OUR THREE WONDERFUL CHILDREN WHO ARE TAKING SUCH GREAT CARE OF ME.
I LOVE YOU AND WE WILL ENJOY SPENDING OUR SPECIAL DAY TOGETHER AS USUAL... YOU IN HEAVEN AND ME ON EARTH...
ALL MY LOVE AND HUGS AND KISSSES
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ERROL MY LOVE..
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER.... "TILL THE TWELFTH OF NEVER" ....
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 5th October 2016

"Hello Dada
I have started Red Rock Christian College yesterday 4th October 2016.
I say prayers before I start my class.  I am learning Christian Stuff.  
Love from
LUCAS xxxxxoooooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 3rd September 2016

"In Australia it is Sunday 4th September 2016

HAPPY FATHRR'S DAY MY LOVE ... FROM ME AND OUR FAMILY.
ENJOY YOUR DAY WITH OUR DAUGHTER AND GRAND-DAUGHTER
WISH MY DAD AND YOUR DAD A 'HAPPY FATHER'S' DAY' FOR ME AND THE FAMILY .
XXXXXOOO XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 10th August 2016

"Tribute from Leanne and Family ... received in the post today:

Dear  Mrs D and Family
It is wonderful to have this opportunity to celebrate Errol's life with you again, one year after his passing.  We feel truly lucky to have known Errol and shared his company at many of your family occasions - Sandra and Sergio's Wedding, your Wedding Anniversaries, and the births of Lucas and Isabella.  He was such a kind, gentle, faithful, intelligent and funny man - and always made us feel so welcome.  THANK YOU."

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 4th August 2016

"My dearest brother Errol, I just wanted to have another look through your Memorial Web Page today as Merle and Jeff among other family and friends have left so many loving tributes to you.  It makes me tearful each time I look at the web page, but it broke my heart to see a photograph of your favourite chair with your spectacles lying on the arm of the chair. It was a big melt down for me to see that and to realise it is true you are no more with us on earth. Missing you so very much. Your loving sister - Daphne"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 21st July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from Roxy

Thank you so much for such a lovely lunch what a beautiful afternoon Uncle Errol would have absolutely been so happy and delighted seeing us all there ❤"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Tribute from Carmen (Sergio's Mum)

Dear Merle,
I got the loving memories cards made for your kids. Looking at the winsome pictures that our grand children made, they remembered the loving tea that you always made for him and the smart man Errol was playing with the computer with Luquitas. Looking at the hand drawn pictures of the grandchildren made me cry with emotion and love.  
Errol did not hesitate to take his time to help any person that needed help. I remember for ever his nice smile.
Merle, please remember that you always have a wonderful family in Australia and ourselves in USA who care for you. I hope that the Bridge of Happy Memories that you made, keeps you healthy and strong for your nice family. God Bless you. Carmen."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : LORNA

Errol I loved your idiosyncrasies ... you made me laugh with them, especially how you procrastinated over your food.  We were all onto dessert while you were still starting main.  No matter how I was feeling when I got there, I had a lot going on so if I was sad, I didn't leave that way.  Your house was always filled with laughter.
LORNA"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : VIC AND BLANCHE
Errol would always greet you with an open heart, a big smile and a double hand shake.  Thanks for your friendship Errol.
VIC AND BLANCHE"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from ; GENNY
Dearest Errol -miss your infectious smile, your hospitality and warm welcoming hugs.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Lots of love and kisses
GENNY"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : MAREE SNOW

I loved when Errol would sang at the Romsey Church, 'Elvis style' - he would wear a white suit and move just like Elvis.... great entertainment!  Errol's gentle smile and great hugs and love of humanity. He was very blessed to have a soul partner as a wife - Merle, and beautiful children and grand-children he loved and cherished  We miss you Errol, however, we were fortunate to be a part of your life.
MAREE XXOO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : MAUREEN AND BRIAN

Errol will always be remembered for his hugs and talks at prayer group.  I learned a lot from our chats together and also our meals.  Brian always says : 60 chews to one meat ball!  HA! HA!
Peace be with all his family.
MAUREEN AND BRIAN  XOXO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : ANTHONY GARTNER

I remember Errol as someone with an infectious zest for Life, with a generous smile and loving heart.  I remember fondly his enthusiasm for others and the special person that he was and forever will be.
Fond memories become the most precious of pearls.
ANTHONY"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : STEVE HOLGATE

Errol I remember and miss your beaming smile, and warm personality.  It was always fun to watch you both dance, and you were a great couple dancing!  Errol you always had fun 'winding up' Merle and then  waiting for Merle to correct you!   I have vivid memories of your setting up the books for singing at church, and you hosting parties with style.  Missing you heaps.
STEVE"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : SANDRA GATT

His departure from this earth was our loss but it was Heaven's gain.  Now he lives with Jesus our Lord.  He was such a dear friend and is sadly missed.  It is hard for Merle and the family, and also friends to adjust, but I don't think he would want us to grieve forever.  We loved his company and his cheeky smile, and will always be loved by all.  
God Bless
xxxooo
SANDRA G."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from ; EILEEN

The memories we cherish of your welcoming at your house to our prayer group Holy Name of Jesus will forever be  with us.  The love you showed each of us during the blessing with the Holy Oil.  Also the Christmas Crib you and Merle spent so much time beautifying in the Romsey Church was great for all parishioners to share.  WE THANK YOU.
EILEEN"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : DENIS

Remembering you and Merle doing the Rock and Roll brings back fond memories

DENIS"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : Teresa and Mirella Moppi

Dear Errol
There is a yellow brightness in the room in memory of you.  It lights up and shines with love and laughter.  You may not be here with us physically, but your spirit is never far.  God Bless
With love
TERESA AND MIRELLA MOPPI"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"First Anniversary Tribute from : MARY AND ROD

Errol always loved a party.  We were at his place one night and the police knocked on the door because there had been a complaint about the noise.  The police were very surprised when Errol answered the door!!!!  They thought it would have been someone much younger!

MARY AND ROD"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from : GWEN & LOU

Whenever Lou saw Merle and Errol he would say to them : they would be a lovely couple when they grew up!!!!

When I used to visit Merle and Errol I would get some rice and curry.  I felt so comfortable being in their present and enjoying the meal, that I picked up the bones and ate them with my fingers.  A real gift to be so comfortable in their presence.  I still taste the delicious rice and curry!
GWEN"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from ROB

Dear Errol... old friend, mate... there is a hole in the bucket which we cannot repair.. Jaya will try for you!
ROB"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Anniversary Tribute from CHARLIE:

Dear Errol,
As I write this memorial note, I feel like I am writing to a dedicated Angel and a gallant Soldier in God’s army, who has now passed the test of time and is living in the promised freedom in the Heavenly Realm.
I feel so deeply gifted by having known you for several treasured years, both as a truly great Friend and trusted Confidant. Your energetic effort in assisting my spiritual development will never be forgotten.
Whenever, you cross my mind, I take joy in recalling the fond memories of the many humorous times and laughter that we shared together. In particular: the adventures during Queensland holiday, Seniors’ Outings, Home repairs, Roof-top discussions, Sudoku game sessions, supervising my singing during prayer group sessions, and many more.
I am forever thankful for your friendship and sharing your wisdom and advice whenever sought.
My dear Friend, you are so sadly missed. But I take comfort in knowing that you are now forever in “Safe Hands” and reaping the eternal rewards as promised by our Creator.
May you continue to enjoy your just and well deserved reward.
ADIOS – My Friend …… Charlie Gatt"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 18th July 2016

"Tribute from PAUL, ANNA AND LUCA

Dear Errol
You have left a legacy behind that enriches the world.  I look around the room and realize just how many people love you, and how many of us miss you.  Errol, (to me it remains Mr DeSilva) the man I met all those years ago, as a young man, alway enjoyed our chats and your smile!! I hope you had a wine with Dad!
PAUL."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Lunch Tribute from ROSEMARIE AND AB

The things we love and remember about Errol:
His beautiful smiling face
His tenderness and gentle voice and manner
Errol and his fish tank entertaining Kye as a baby
Errol and his loving nature and his admiration for his 3 children
Errol and his everlasting adoration for his wife and life partner
We love you Errol and the impact you made to those around.
Forever in our hearts
ROSEMARIE & AB"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Lunch Tribute from CHERYL

A happy memory I have of Errol came about on an ordinary day while shopping in Safeway, Jacob was about 2-3 years old, and I was pushing him in the trolley.  Although the Christmas Season had well passed, we were singing one of his favourite songs : "Santa Claus is coming to town".  We were singing together in our own little world, when we heard a cheerful voice joining in the chorus.  It was Errol.  We all finished the chorus together, much to Jacob's delight.  Wehn I think of Errol - this memory always comes to mind.  
A short moment in time, sharing a song, smiling for us, enjoying a spontaneous encounter.
CHERYL"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Lunch Tribute from MURIEL

It was Earth's loss, but Heaven's Gain when God called Errol with open arms to share His Love, Peace and Happiness - just as he generously shared these precious gifts with everyone he met.  
MURIEL."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Lunch Tribute from Nephew Shane and his wife Serena...

Dear Family ... thank you for having us at this Special Event.... it is so wonderful to be able to celebrate Errol together.  SERENA

Uncle Errol ... you were a CHAMP!  An amazing sense of humor and unlimited generosity.  We all miss you and are so pleased you got to meet little Rosie.
All our love : SHANE, SERENA, ROSIE."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Lunch Tribute from : BETH

There are a few people who can be described as "one in a billion".... Errol is one of them.... kind, loving, caring and a comedian too.
BETH"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First AnniversaryLunch Tribute from Nephew Wayne [BUTCH]

Uncle Errol / Mate you always laughed at the most corny jokes I came out with, but also told some cool ones.   When we meet again I have a few jokes for you.  
Don't worry about Aunty Merle ... we are all here for both of you.  
YEP!!! even "GONDA'S" mature and grow into well mannered responsible people.  
Love Always
BUTCH."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First AnniversayLunch Tribute from Nephew Jordan:

Dear UE, Uncle Errol
I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me.  For helping me when I needed it, for listening to me when I needed someone to talk with.  Moments like NYE 14, chatting in Westfield for all those hours, and when Mum was in India how you and AM would bring me food and take me shopping before the cruise.  I'll cherish those memories forever.   Love and miss you always.  I have a Chivas for you tonight.
JORDAN xxx"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Tribute from his loving SIL Angela

Cannot believe it has been one year BIL! Miss your smile and your lovely presence.  You were the best BIL in the whole world.  
Until we meet again
Love and Hugs
SIL XXXXXXXOOOOOOO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"First Anniversary Memorial Tribute from :
Your loving sister Daphne, BiL Dicki,
Niece Prue, husband Dave, children David and Devon;
Nephew Derek, wife Allison, Kids: Jackson, Charlotte and Isaac.

He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest
God's garden must be beautiful - He always takes the best
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "PEACE BE THINE"
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Your Life was a blessing, your Memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 17th July 2016

"Tribute from Darryl


Dear Merle,

thanks for the cards in Memory of Dear Errol.

Such beautiful words!! We have put them together with the cards of my Parents and those of Ilse´s parents.

How have you been keeping? Well we hope.

Lottsa love and all things nice to you and Family.

Darryl & Ilse"

This tribute was added by Renee Hardy on 17th July 2016

"Dear uncle Errol,
It is a complete year that you have left us for the Lord's house. It hasn't been easy for any of us. Hope you rest in peace in the Lord's house and bless us and guide us every step of the way. Miss you!!
Aunty Merle, hope the memorial lunch was just an awesome one,  befitting Uncle Errol. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers..."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 16th July 2016

"Tribute from Arline ..

Dear Merle

We realise today will be a very difficult one for you and the family and our thoughts and prayers will be with you.  We hope all goes well and the lunch will be a celebration of Errol's life with many thoughts of the happy times he spent with not only his family but friends and colleagues too.

With fond love and God Bless

Norman, Arline and family

PS - thank you also for Norman's e-card, it was so thoughtful of you.

Sent from my iPad"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 16th July 2016

"From :  Eva Lowis (Sergio's sister)

Just to say we are thinking of you and we all miss him. Have a blessed day Merle. The Lord might keep him busy above he has a good soul. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Angela Mathews on 16th July 2016

"Well my dear BIL it has been one year since we said our goodbyes it seems like only yesterday. I miss you happy smiling face and still expect you to come walking thru my door.
We had a great lunch today in your honour and your family looked amazing in yellow. Your wife as always did an amazing job!
It was tough writing in your book and it brought me close to tears.
Love you BIL xxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 16th July 2016

"1 year.
1 year ago today I was sitting on my bed talking to mum and Jeff about what had happened. Even to now, it still feels unreal.
Sometimes I still think you're back at Romsey running through the Oblivion map instead of fast traveling, sometimes I almost pick up the phone to ring and see if you wanted a hot salami pizza and if we could pop by to say hello. I really miss doing that. Hearing you say "hello son! how are you?" as I walk in. The feeling in that house is indescribable.
Today was alot harder than I thought it was going to be. Being around the family did help, but it was still on my mind the whole time.
I finally opened that bottle of chivas and had a little drink. Just like I did 1 year ago. Next up - the cruise.
Always lots of love, always miss you.
- Nephew xxx"

This tribute was added by Sandra Valqui on 16th July 2016

""Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there I shall be."

Hey Dad,

We had your celebratory lunch today. Whilst the week has been hard, remembering those dark days in hospital, the lunch today was full of light and love and laughter. I still thought that you should have been there, and then I remembered that, of course, you were with us, and always will be. You must have enjoyed it all, people were eating and laughing and remembering.

We are looking forward to remembering more, and hurting less, so that you too can also be free from hurting, and simple enjoy the love..

Just like I say to the kids each night: Goodnight Dad, sweet dreams, I always love you."

This tribute was added by David DeSilva on 16th July 2016

"Hi Dad,

Well in about 35 minutes it will be one long year without you - and life is so very different.

I've avoided coming to your memorial page - i'm not entirely sure why, but i hope mum understands.

But this evening i spent a good hour just reading the tributes and looking at the pictures. Some made me laugh, but most made me cry. They reminded me how much i love and miss you.

I think about you every day - most often on the long train rides and when i walk the streets of Melbourne to work and home again.

I think there is a part of me that is still expecting you to pop up somewhere smiling and joking.

Moving to Melbourne has made everything feel more real. While i stayed in Canberra i could pretend you were still in Romsey constantly saving Assassins Creed, doing Aldi shops and just hanging out with mum. I could still imagine that i could pop down, play Risk, watch a rom com with mum in the morning or 'As Time Goes Bye'  and some action/thriller with you in the evening or listen to you complain about Mrs Bennett as you sat and watched Pride and Prejudice for 6 hours.

Mum put on your big lunch today - she was true to her word and your last note. I'm really glad she did it. Held it together at the lunch, most of the time.

Anyway, i hope you're resting with a cup of tea and some peanut brittle.

Can you kiss my sister and my daughter for me.

i love you, dad

David

PS i know you know this, but we're doing everything we can to make sure mum is OK"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 14th July 2016

"Hi Merle,

Wishing you a successful and memorable day for Errol’s Anniversary lunch.  I am sure your guests will appreciate it and have happy memories of Errol which in some small way will bring you comfort.

Everytime I have trouble with my computer I think of Errol and miss my "computer guru”.

We are having a Mass said for Errol here and I have sent you a card which I hope reaches you in time.

From George, the family and myself – our continued sympathies to you and your family and hope that time will help to heal your loss.

Love - Sheila"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 11th July 2016

"Email from Sergio's Dad and Carmen in Peru:

We received three beautiful cards in memory of Errol.  We remember him with affection. Thanks for sending them to us

                                  Regards to the family

                                  Sergio & Carmen"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 11th July 2016

"Tribute from Lucas- and he picked the 'feather' ...

Hello Dada ... are you doing LeapPad in Heaven? Are you building any Lego stuff?  What computer games are you playing? Lots of love Lucas. xxxxoooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 11th July 2016

"From Derek and Family

Hey Aunty Merle

Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know I received my birthday e-card and we also got your lovely mementoes for Uncle Errol.

Remembering Uncle and wishing you and the family all the best.

Love Derek, Allison, Jackson, Charlotte and Isaac."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 2nd July 2016

"Beautiful tribute from my cousin Carol (Pompey):

Merle darling

Thank you so very much for the beautiful bookmark and card. They describe your love for each other and Errol's personality perfectly.

I know you said in your last email that you miss him very much and did not know how you were going to survive without him. You went everywhere and did everything together.  

This is where we experience God's Love, Mercy and Understanding of His creation - Human Nature.

He helps us to mourn and with time learn to accept and heal.

It  just the beginning of a new life when we WILL meet our loved ones again. I always say ' that everyday I live I am one day closer to seeing my loved ones again'.

So you will be able to carry on with memories of all the wonderful times you were together  especially as a family.  I loved the photographs.

My love and prayers always.

Pompey

xxxxoooo"

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 25th June 2016

"Hello my dearest brother, it has been a little while since I have written in your Memorial Page.  It is not because I have forgotten you as you are in my heart and thoughts each and every day.  I just wanted you to know that your darling wife Merle, sent me and both my children Prue and Derek these very beautiful keepsake tributes received yesterday by post, which she has planned so maticulously over the months with a lot of love and care for your wonderful First Anniversary Lunch on 16th July 2016 at 12 noon for all the guests attending at your very favourite restaurant the Watergarden Hotel.  These keepsakes tributes will all be laid out for each guest on the beautiful decorated table for your lunch. I was the lucky one to get a lovely sunflower spray added to my keepsake tribute, as will the rest of the guests attending. Wish I was able to attend too.xxx"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 23rd June 2016

"Email Tribute from Prue ...

Dear Aunty Merle

Thank you for the beautiful keepsake in memory of Uncle Errol. Seeing his happy face bought tears to my eyes. I know he wasn't in my life everyday but he will always be in my heart. 

Sending you & the family much love as you remember a wonderful husband, father & grandad. 

Much love 
Prue & family xxxx
Sent from Prue's iPhone"

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 16th June 2016

"11 months.
Almost at that big one that we are all dreading. I don't know how to face that day when it comes. I think I might finally open that chivas i've been saving up. Do the same thing that I did the night you passed, stand in the kitchen and have a drink to you.
Its these last few weeks you would have really looked out for me, told me what to do, that everything would work itself out, that I shouldn't worry. I really missed that.

Talk to you again soon UE,
Always lots of love
- Nephew"

This tribute was added by Renee Hardy on 12th June 2016

"Dear Uncle Errol, It is so hard to believe that you are not around, it has been 11 long months, but the void has only grown with time. The first time I met you was at the lobby of the Ibis hotel, Melbourne, Easter, 2012. You and Aunty Merle were waiting for us. We went to the Victoria Market and had lunch at this secluded Chinese restaurant, where the service was terrible, remember?! You ordered for lemon chicken for Aunty Merle and she absolutely hated it!! But the tiramisu, that you ordered for dessert was out of the world, even Aunty Merle had to admit that!! After lunch, we caught the tram and went to the Brighton beach. For the first time, Adrienna had a taste of what it was like to play with a grandfather figure, as you played with her on the beach, while aunty Merle and I chatted on like long lost friends...
The second time I saw you was at your Golden Jubilee Wedding Anniversary...what an occasion that was!! Otis, Adrienna and I were absolutely honored to be a part of such a grand occasion. Remember, you asked me come and dance with you and I said, I cannot jive?? Your response to that was, "what's in a jive, my dear?? You pat the dog with one hand and screw a light bulb with the other and through in a few twirls here and there....", I could not stop laughing...
The third and the last time I saw you was in Sydney, October, 2013, just before you left for your anniversary cruise. We had lunch together and, Tiramisu for dessert, yet again!! It was a lousy afternoon, weather-wise, as it was pouring with rain and there were track works going on in Sydney, so we had to catch a bus to come into town to see you...but it was such a well-spent afternoon....It went only too quick...
I wish we could have a few more afternoons like that Uncle Errol, I still remember the moment where we hugged and said goodbye to each other....I never thought that I will never see you again...
Every time I think about you and the fun times we shared as a family, I well up, but I always end up having a smile on my face, thank you for those lovely moments, the beautiful memories...I hope you rest in peace wherever you are...we all love you and miss you very much..."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 8th June 2016

"Hello Dada - I love you so much.  I have being playing a game on my LeapPad... I wish you could play LeapPad with me Dada.  Do you have LeapPad in Heaven?
Love from Lucas.  xxxxooo"

This tribute was added by Charlie Gatt on 29th May 2016

"EULOGY FOR OUR DEAR FRIEND "ERROL".
On behalf of the "Holy Name of Jesus" Prayer Group.

On behalf of the past and present members of “The Holy Name of Jesus Prayer Group, I have been asked to say a few words about our good and trusted Friend Errol”.

The Prayer Group has been on-going for over twenty years with Merle and Errol at the helm. Each week over all those years, they graciously hosted many members in their home and enjoyed a friendly Christ focused fellowship. Their longstanding commitment and support in helping others to grow in their Faith journey will always be treasured and remembered by all participants.

Everyone who has experienced their jovial fellowship and learning, would have gone away a much better Christian. While Merle lead the Group, Errol provided the unrelenting support and the professionalism required.

Errol was a unique person, a man small in stature, but with a giant’s heart of gold; willing to assist anyone anywhere. He was always full of laughter and treated each of us warmly, and as part of his family. He always welcomed the ladies with a hug and a kiss, and greeted the men with a firm handshake. Errol was extremely outgoing and had an amazing quality to make friends wherever he went.

He was always so friendly, considerate and compassionate. He would stop anywhere to sit and have a chat with friend or stranger.

I treasure the memory of one day of sitting with him on the roof of his house repairing some tiles, when a few times he just wanted to sit and chat for a while to give me a break. Sitting on roof tiles was not comfortable, particularly in the heat. But nevertheless, both of us enjoyed our private moments.

On another occasion, during a Group visit to Queensland one year, we were at a shopping centre waiting for Merle to come out of a dress shop. While the Group waited, Errol wandered away for a quiet stroll around. When Merle discovered he was missing, she declared him lost and took off in a great rate of knots looking for him, and none of us could keep up. On finding him some time later, she gave him a serve, Errol firmly maintained that “he knew very well where he was”. That was the nature of the man.

As a drinker, Errol was not a beer fan, but did like a taste from the top shelf, like double smoked Johnny Walker. Mostly however, He only drank providing that he had a friend or two to share with. He was such a generous man who always put everyone else before himself – he possessed a powerful Christian trait.

A similarity I shared with Errol was our mutual physical difficulty with hearing. On occasions we would have discussions between us which quickly got off the track due to one or both of us mishearing questions or what was being said. This provided lots of laughter among the group and also from any other onlookers.

Other memorable treasures was the annual Seniors’ day out, which we used to have annually. These days were always both enjoyable and filled with adventurous excitement; far too many to mention. So too, were the annual Dinner Dances we attended and the End of Year/Christmas and birthday celebrations. In all of these, Errol was always the life of the party. We are all honoured to have shared some of our life with him, and for him to call us Friend.

Yesterday I was given a short Tribute to Errol from Jaya – an 11 year old Grand-daughter of one of our Prayer Group members:- She wrote:-
“No one believes that it was real. We don’t know why it happened to him. He is the most caring person in the world we know. Everyone doesn't know what to do without him. His family are broken with his death. He is one of the most beloved friends we have. But at least we know he is safe in heaven. Rest in Peace, Errol”.

Today, as we grieve on this sad day, we say farewell to our "Great Mate". However, through our Faith, we are assured that Errol is continuing to intercede for all of us in a happier and higher place than he ever did on this earth before.

We are eternally grateful for the blessings of having him as a friend and confidant. To Merle and all her Family, we extend our love and sympathy. We have all lost a great Friend. But his memory we’ll always hold dear.

Errol used to love to watch movies and good westerns in particular.
So now we say to him:   “Errol, Adios Amigo”    

May you rest in peace for evermore.

AMEN."

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 15th May 2016

"Just a quick message from AM;
She has been working very hard and been doing alot of organising for  your memorial lunch on the 16th July."

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 16th April 2016

"9 months.
This one seemed to go pretty fast, not sure why exactly. Maybe because I've been busy with work more, it made it seem like the time went that little bit faster. I've still yet to open that chivas bottle, i thought i would on your birthday but i thought keeping it sealed might be the way to go for now. It's still serves a nice little reminder of that cruise.

Lots of love,
nephew xxxx"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 16th April 2016

"Hello my love ... 9 long months without you.  We have managed to get through yet another month.  What do I write on your page that you do not already know?  I miss you... you know that.   I love you... you always knew that... we belong together... we both know that.... we will get through the rest of this month ... then the next... and the next...
And then it will be 1 whole lonely year without you ....  Loads of love and hugs Xxxxooooo xxxxxooo xxxxxooo"

This tribute was added by Sandra Valqui on 9th April 2016

"Darling Dad, Happy 75th Birthday up there. How I missed you today! Words fail me.
We went back to the Olive Tree and had a happy, relaxed lunch. We forgot to take a photo, or maybe we weren't yet ready for one without you. What a huge party Mum would have thrown you, maybe back in Romsey, had you been celebrating down here with us.
I know you were celebrating up there with your mum and dad, Uncle Austin, Marie-Louise and Freya. So many other family members would have been there with you. You wouldn't have been dancing without Mum, but I wonder if you were bashing out a song with Elvis!
Isabella always asks if your sisters are up there with you, and I have to remind her that Aunty Barbara is on the phone in India and Aunty Daphne is, of course, on Skype with Mum! Lucas and Isabella love you, and miss playing with you and visiting Romsey. I will make sure that they always remember you, just as they do now.
I hope I dream of you tonight so that I can see you again, hear your voice, hug you and kiss you.
I love you, I miss you and as always, we are looking after Mum."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 8th April 2016

"The date shows 8th April .... but in Australia it is the 9th April 2016

HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY MY DARLING!  I WISHED YOU AT MIDNIGHT BUT NOW I AM WISHING YOU ON YOUR MEMORIAL PAGE.   I WOULD HAVE HAD SUCH A BIG CELEBRATION LUNCH FOR YOU.  I WAS THINKING LAST NIGHT OF YOUR 70TH BIRTHDAY AND THE HUGE CAKE WITH YOUR PHOTO ON IT... AND THE SINGER WE HIRED TO ENTERTAIN.  I AM SO GLAD WE HAD THAT BIG CELEBRATION.   TODAY THE FAMILY ARE GOING FOR LUNCH TO THE OLIVE TREE HOTEL WHERE WE WENT LAST YEAR FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH SANDRA AND THE GRAND-CHILDREN.  ENJOY YOUR FIRST BIRTHDAY  IN HEAVEN.  I AM SURE THE FAMILY WILL GIVE YOU A GREAT DAY.   I MISS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY.   I LOVE YOU AWAYS AND FOREVER.
HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY MY LOVE.    MERLE XXXOOO"

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 8th April 2016

"Hello my dearest brother - it has been a while since I last wrote on your Memorial Page, but as it is your 75th Birthday tomorrow 9th April, I just want to wish you all the joys in heaven and loads of celebrations with all of our loved ones up there, more importantly both our Mums especially our own Mum who must be hugging you each day making up for lost time for which I envy you very much and of course our loving Dad too. Give all three of them big hugs and cuddles from me and a huge hug and cuddle to you from me your very sad sister Daphne.  Miss you loads. xx"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 26th March 2016

"HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER MY DARLING HUSBAND
I AM THINKING OF YOU AS ALWAYS.... AND MISSING YOU
ENJOY YOUR FIRST EASTER IN HEAVEN WITH ALL OUR FAMILY.
KISS AND HUG EACH ONE FOR ME... ESPECIALLY OUR DAUGHTER, GRAND-DAUGHTER AND MY MUM.... BECAUSE I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM SO THEY NEED A SPECIAL HUG.
THE BIGGEST HUG AND MOST KISSES TO YOU THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
YOURS ALWAYS AND FOREVER
MERLE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOO"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 23rd March 2016

"Tribute from Teresa and Mirella Moppi....

Hello Mrs DeSilva, thank you for sending me the link to the Memorial Page. I hope you are well. The Memorial Page is beautiful and a lovely tribute to a wonderful man. Lots of love, Mirella and Teresa"

This tribute was added by Diane Bellamy on 18th March 2016

"Dear Errol, the photos have brought back fond memories of you at family gatherings; playing pool/snooker; dancing; laughing; eating and almost always with Merle right by your side. How devastating for you both to be apart physically but never apart in spirit & love. All memories of you are of you smiling, being positive, cheerful and helpful (eg helping Sheila with her IT problems). You are missed across time and places far away. Love to your dear family & especially Merle. xxx"

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 16th March 2016

"8 months.
This one is only an hour or so late, im getting better with it!
This month was a tough one, that cruise was far from enjoyable most days. Couldn't bring myself to play sudoku, it just didn't feel right without you sitting next to me coaching and pointing out all the obvious numbers I missed.
I did finish something though, last cruise we went on, you wanted a small bottle of chivas but used up your 2.25L and i tried to buy it for you but mum used my 2.25L as well so we had to leave it behind.
Well, this trip, I got it. Each day on the 16th ill take a tiny sip for you, another on your birthday and another on the anniversary.
Not sure why but buying that bottle gave me a little more closure. Some nights still feel like they did all those months ago.

Miss you alot UE.
Always lots of love,
Nephew xxx"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 12th March 2016

"I don't write when I am in Kyneton because I like to use Jeff's laptop to do your Memorial Page...  but I  am writing this morning because I am missing you so much.  I walk and paint because I miss you .. 15th and 16th are such hard days for me ... they bring back such painful memories.  I love writing your Memorial Page ... about you and our life together. I miss you all the time.  I love you always and forever.  Xxxxxoooooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 27th February 2016

"When you see the Yellow Sunflower in my phone emails or text messages it means I was thinking of you when I sent it. {The Yellow Sunflower does not seem to work on anything that I do on the iPad or laptop... only on my phone....but I am still always thinking of you!!!} Xxxxxxxooooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 27th February 2016

"Errol my love I am finding it so difficult to come to terms of Life without you by my side ... I know how powerful it is to have you with me Spiritually.... but I miss so much having you with me here physically... to be able to see you, have you hold my hand. .. to talk things over with you and hear your voice ... the children SO GREAT... but I miss YOU xxxxxooooo"

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 15th February 2016

"Hello my handsome brother its me your sister again. Tomorrow will make it 7 months since you have left us.  Merle struggles a lot each month nearing the date to your passing and it is still very hard for us all.  We miss you loads.xx
xx"

This tribute was added by Jordan Mathews on 14th February 2016

"7 months.
Decided to break tradition and write this one a little earlier.
This ones a little tougher, adjusting to the cruise without you and AM just doesn't feel right. The door in our cabin that would have lead into yours is just a constant reminder.
Never did I think I would be getting on this boat without you and AM.
This isn't going anywhere near how I thought it would, i miss sitting around in the solarium area drinking and playing sudoku with you for hours each day.
It will take a bit of adjustment.

I miss you UE.
Always lots of love,
Nephew"

This tribute was added by Daphne Sibelle on 5th February 2016

"My dearest brother Errol - I miss you so very much and your cheeky little smile. Every time I sit at my computer I have many photos of you and Merle which your loving son Jeff sent over to me and which I uploaded on the computer as screen saver slides for my desk top. When I see these beautiful photos it just brings tears to my eyes as I still cannot believe you left us all so suddenly especially your two loving sisters without saying goodbye to either of us."

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 4th February 2016

"I have the cruise photos right in front of my bed... so the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing is see at night is you smiling at me.  Sometimes it is hard for me to smile back because my eyes are filled with tears.  
Loads of love and hugs....  
I will start writing your life story and other stories soon..... xxxxoooo"

This tribute was added by Merle DeSilva on 4th February 2016

"I love you and I miss you so much.  
I would have been busy planning a huge 75th Birthday Party for you for the 9th April.  
xxxxxxxxxooooooo"


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