ForeverMissed
Six years after Cheryl left us,  memories of her continue to bring much joy. Flashbacks of the days gone by, plenty of laughter and a house full of love. 

The family has created this website to capture many of those wonderful moments going back to 1984 when I first met Cheryl outside the Lucknow Cathedral. We request you to share your memories of her so that we too can enjoy the life of Cheryl-- a life spent in bringing joy to others, being the caring person she was.

Mario, Verne, Brent and Charmaine
Posted by Nithin Shashindran on May 9, 2022
Hello,My heartfelt tribute to the expert teacher Mrs.Cheryll D'Souza who always was eager to teach us English.
May her soul rest in peace.
Nithin S
Posted by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
Hey Charmaine,

My deepest condolences to your family. I hope and pray that you and your family find the strength to become stronger together.
'Cher was one of those teachers that you remember fondly each time you think about school. More than just lessons in English, she taught us how to be better citizens of the world. Wherever she may be, I am sure that she's watching over you.

Stay strong Charmaine.

Rohit Reddy
(5/2/2015)
Posted by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to you and your family Charmaine,

Miss Cheryl(as we called her) was a wonderful lady with a huge heart and treated my fellow pupils and I with a sense of calmness that we all needed but at the same time we were terrified of disappointing her because she always expected and knew that we could get better (the annoying teenagers we were). Now that I look back on it, I realize how she got the best out of us, it wasn't about ruling with an iron fist, she genuinely cared about our well-being not just as a student but as a person.
A personal favorite memory of mine was when she wrote me a recommendation to get into the International School in Zurich. I didn't have the best grades to get in but I think that lovely recommendation is what swayed them to accept me in to the school.
If there is anything I can do, please let me know

Rohan Rajiv
(4/2/2015)
Posted by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
Dear Uncle, Verne, Brent & Charmaine,

How are you all doing and hope all is well at your end .

I want to covey my heartfelt condolences to all of you and the family on the demise of mum. I was shocked to hear the sad news yesterday from my dad.

I was away in Australia on work during the first week of Feb and did not hear any news from fellow batch mates too on the sad news. My Dad had met uncle yesterday after mass and learnt about the incident It's been very difficult to digest this.

Mrs. Cheryl D'souza - A person more than a teacher. An angel, friend and guide, She has been such a blessing in my life and She is one of those who has played an important role in making me the person that I am today. I owe her all my success and thank her for having been part of my life and always encouraging to bring out the best in myself.

Mum has definitely gone to a better place where there is happiness and no sorrow, comfort and no pain. She will watch over you every single day and intercede for your well-being. 

A tribute to a loving mother, (more like a mother to me than a teacher)

God saw her getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped her in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.’
She suffered much in silence, her spirit did not bend.
She faced her pain with courage, until the very end.
She tried so hard to stay with us but her fight was not in vain,
God took her to His loving home and freed her from the pain.

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating Your beautiful smile at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove He always takes the best.
It’s lonesome here without you We miss you so each day.
Our lives just aren’t the same Ever since you went away.
When days are sad and lonely And everything goes wrong
We hear you gently whisper, ‘Cheer up and carry on.’
Each time we see your picture, You seem to smile and say,
‘Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping, We’ll meet again someday.’

Love to all at home,
Jarryd
Posted by Mario D'Souza on June 26, 2021
It is with shock and disbelief that I read the circular.

It is so hard to accept that life can be so unfair. Mrs. Cheryl Ann D'souza - so vibrant, so full of life, so cherished, much loved and respected. People say that the ones God loves the most are the ones who are snatched away from this world too soon... but it is still so hard to accept.

She greeted me with a hug every time we met, and always remembered our previous conversation. We shared a love for books, and discussed our favourite authors. We would also discuss our views on the importance on bringing up kind, gentle, and tolerant children in these confusing times. When I shared with her a few thoughts on creative methods of teaching, she immediately asked me to address the teachers on the same. I have not known a more open, dynamic and visionary Principal.

Mrs. D'Souza was one of the few teachers who had achieved that fine balance between affection and authority. I am sure every single student adored her, yet would not dare to misbehave in front of her. When my son Amogh was 7 years old, he was scared to go to school because of some trouble caused by another child, and I can never forget the sensitive way in which she handled both children. She even spoke to Amogh on the phone personally to reassure him. He is lucky to have had this precious interaction with her when he needed it the most.

It is the norm to fear one's Principal, but Cheryl ma'am, as she was fondly called, inspired students through her love and understanding. It is this quality of a great human being that has touched the heart of every student, every teacher, and everyone who had the good fortune to know her. Her students in particular will have her goodness, gentleness and greatness imprinted on their character, making them assets to society. A legacy that few can hope to leave behind. 

My deepest condolences to all the teachers and staff. My thoughts and prayers are with her family in their hour of grief. I also reach out to the countless lives she has touched in her incomparably generous way. May she rest in peace.

In tears.

Veena Prasad  (Parent  Sherwood High)

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Posted by Nithin Shashindran on May 9, 2022
Hello,My heartfelt tribute to the expert teacher Mrs.Cheryll D'Souza who always was eager to teach us English.
May her soul rest in peace.
Nithin S
Posted by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
Hey Charmaine,

My deepest condolences to your family. I hope and pray that you and your family find the strength to become stronger together.
'Cher was one of those teachers that you remember fondly each time you think about school. More than just lessons in English, she taught us how to be better citizens of the world. Wherever she may be, I am sure that she's watching over you.

Stay strong Charmaine.

Rohit Reddy
(5/2/2015)
Posted by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to you and your family Charmaine,

Miss Cheryl(as we called her) was a wonderful lady with a huge heart and treated my fellow pupils and I with a sense of calmness that we all needed but at the same time we were terrified of disappointing her because she always expected and knew that we could get better (the annoying teenagers we were). Now that I look back on it, I realize how she got the best out of us, it wasn't about ruling with an iron fist, she genuinely cared about our well-being not just as a student but as a person.
A personal favorite memory of mine was when she wrote me a recommendation to get into the International School in Zurich. I didn't have the best grades to get in but I think that lovely recommendation is what swayed them to accept me in to the school.
If there is anything I can do, please let me know

Rohan Rajiv
(4/2/2015)
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Coming from a foodie...

Shared by Sheila Godin on August 12, 2021
What comes to mind when I think of Cheryl is the ease with which she churned out dish after delectable dish – cakes, pies, tarts, eclairs, jams, pickles, chutneys, exotic Oriental platters, hearty Goan delicacies, spicy south Indian delights, and exquisite Lucknowi fare. When it came to culinary skills, Cheryl was in a league all of her own, a born adventurer with a zest for sourcing out the original and most authentic recipes. Ordinary humble everyday ingredients were elevated to masterpieces in her hands and the dinner table always flowed with oohs and aahs as we bit into some crispy batter fried Bombay duck, munched on her special Thai crunch salad, or smacked our lips as we savoured her Bangalore special sambar.

The Godin clan dinner table resounds with ‘Cheryl yarns’ and the all-time favorite is how she figured out the intricacies of special signature dishes of famous restaurants by watching closely as they were made and then chatting with the cook to find out more! In fact, we always marveled at how cakes, pickles and pies materialized out of thin air while we sat chatting with her. Never one to sit still, she could keep everyone in splits while regaling us with stories from her inexhaustible source, all the while conjuring up some edible delights. Leslie and I still cannot get over the time when Cheryl and Mario visited us in Sharjah and she prepared the most delicious prawn balchao, literally within an hour. She definitely knew how to leave her mark wherever she went and her effervescence was the champagne of our family.

Today, she is not physically present with us, but her legacy is alive in the form of the wonderful recipes and cooking tips and hacks she shared. An amazing daughter, a wonderful sister, an inspiring sis-in-law, beautiful wife, and a loving mum – Cheryl was all that and more. Here’s to you, Cheryl! I’m sure you’re having the most awesome time cooking up a lip-smacking feast in heaven! Till we meet again there!

The Red Dress!

Shared by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021
Mice,

It was in 1984 when I invited Mama to the 5 JAK Officers Mess for the first time. Charles had gone to pick her up. I was in the bar which was an off shoot of the main lounge when there was sudden silence in the lounge. 
The 5 JAK crowd, which had noticed Charles was missing, now saw Mama and Charles enter. Mama was wearing the red dress in the photograph. That meeting changed the course of history. For all you know Mama, in a few years,  would have been wearing the dress like the two others in the snap!!
Next to Mama are Fr Donald  and two nuns from Loretto Convent. 
Love
Papa
15th May, 2015

Sherwood High - Founder Principal

Shared by Mario D'Souza on July 3, 2021

Mrs Cheryl Ann D’Souza


14 Dec 1960 - 02 Feb 2015

Sherwood High was raised in Feb 2010 with Mrs Cheryl Ann D’Souza as its first Principal. With a will to win and a desire to achieve academic excellence she transformed a majestic building into a vibrant educational institution.

She was a person of outstanding ability, remarkable accomplishment and one who had a passion for education. Above all she was a woman of great compassion with an immense love for children. She radiated positive energy through all adversity, her infectious smile never leaving her. William Ward said “Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records”. Mrs Cheryl Ann D’Souza broke all records.

She coined the phrase “Sherwood High is a caring school” and she lived every moment of her life displaying that immense caring not only for the students whom she loved, but the teachers and staff as well. This phrase has been ingrained in the school’s philosophy and will always remain an integral part of Sherwood High

Legacies are measured in the quality of memories evoked by the name. Mrs D’Souza leaves behind memories etched in the minds of all those who came into contact with her. Some excerpts from parents are listed below

What a wonderful soul!

. While feeling sad, I am reminded of her spirited and beautiful being. I met her when I moved to India and was looking for a school for my daughter.. In the following years I witnessed the sheer confidence, joy and caring she exhibited all around her. She made the school and everyone around feel at ease.

                                                                                                                   Manisha Verma

Always smiling and cheerful, had a certain positive infectious energy and aura that surrounded her. Forever open to suggestions, was very approachable. Our memories of you picture of you will always keep you alive in out hearts and minds..

                                                                                                                  Shalini Johri

Will be loved and missed by all. Ma'am has touched our hearts in many ways. Always filled with positive energy and lots of love. We would meet her at every PTM's and I would always feel like home. May the Almighty Allah bless her soul.

                                                                                                                  Fauzia Hussain

New Generation Principal

Mrs Cheryl D'Souza was the true new generation Principal - open.. approachable, Warm, considerate and very responsive. The principals of the other high flying schools have a lot to learn from her on how to be a "New Generation" - approachable Principal. A very inspiring.. well spoken Principal indeed

                                                                                                               Pallavi Muralidhara

Loving, Caring and Energetic

These are the words that come to mind involuntarily the moment I think of Cheryl. She was so approachable, vibrant with a warm smile always and exuded positivity all around her. It was not just about academics, she always gave importance to make the kids good citizens. Her value education and one liners will be cherished forever.

                                                                                                               Kavita Kappagal

May the force be with you

We were sold on the idea of Sherwood the minute we met Cheryl mam. When mam told us of her affliction, she still showed tremendous confidence and poise. Mam: your spirit's very much in the DNA of this school, and it will drive it to greater glory.

                                                                                                               Sumit Jeloka

She was the Foundation!

Mrs.Cheryl will always be remembered as one of the strongest people i know of. She fought such a battle with Cancer and I never seem to have heard of her going down without a fight.. She was a fine lady and a dynamite for parents and children alike. Rest In Peace and every time you look down from heaven, send us your love....

                                                                                                                Deepthi Vinod