Back in the day in Saligao 1980's

Shared by Joel Dantas on 9th January 2019

Growing up in our village Saligao in 1980's one of the popular visitors was U. Peter and A Elise. Back in the day when uncle used to come from Canada to Goa , me and my sisters and mum would always go to see them and I fondly remember Uncle peter and the twinkle in his eye. He would always tell us lots of stories about Canada and at that time we never ever thought we would end up here. When we came to Canada Uncle Peter  was more of a father figure always guiding us and Aunty Elise  even helped us with our little kids and for this we will never ever forget his kind heart.

God bless him and may he rest in heavenly peace    

Shared by Chris Gomes on 4th January 2019

December 30, 2018 was a sad day for me, as I lost my uncle, my godfather, and a mentor all at once.

Peter’s generosity was legendary.I was the recipient of his largesse at a very early age.When I was six months old, he and Elise welcomed me into their home in Nairobi, Kenya for a few months.

Later in life, I had the good fortune to live next door to Peter for many years.The Gomes family and Pinto family were next-door neighbors in Scarborough.I learned a lot from Uncle Peter during those years.

A fond memory is the weekly routine when the Pinto and Gomes families went together for 7pm Saturday mass at St. Bartholomew Church.Then after mass, we would gather at one or the other’s family room, have a beer, and chat about politics, sports, international affairs, Goa, home improvement, fishing, whatever.Peter was very knowledgeable on so many topics, and I was more than happy to listen to him and learn about life.

Peter and Elise attended the St. Francis Xavier Seniors Club in Scarborough, where he was known for his generosity of spirit. There were some seniors who had to rely on others for rides to and from the Club, and Peter helped with this.The seniors looked forward to their weekly cards and bingo.For some, this was their only social interaction of the week, where they could get out of the house and meet their friends. My mother-in-law got a ride from Peter and Elise many times.

My heartfelt condolences to Aunty Elise, Sandy, Terry, Dave and the rest of your family.

Rest in Peace, Uncle Peter.

You will be missed by the many you have helped.

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