The following was shared by Mark Huang (85) on 18 Sep-2000
We are saddened to learn of the passing away of fellow our brother and Old Boy, Godfrey da Silva (74). After a brief illness, Godfrey passed away peacefully in Middlesex, UK on 31 August 2000, while travelling. He was 42. Born in 1958, Godfrey spent his secondary school years from 1969 to 1976 in La Salle College, completing Matriculation at class Form 7A in 1976. He was known for his interest in drama and plays. After graduation from La Salle College, he loyally served in the Hong Kong Police Force for 21 years since 1979 till his untimely death. His last posting in the Police Force was with the Homantin Division as a Senior Police Inspector. A Memorial Service will be held on 21 September 2000, Thursday, at Rosary Church, Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, commencing at 2:45 PM. All Lasallians are welcome. Godfrey was unmarried, and is survived by his family. On behalf of all Lasallians, we send our deepest sympathy to Godfrey’s family, and pray for God’s blessings on Godfrey’s soul. Regards Mark Huang
Bro Wilfred De Cruz was born 4 April 1917 in Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong on 20 January 1968. He taught in lower forms of La Salle College. he was appointed Sub-director of Community Brothers in March 1970. Brother Wilfred was transferred to Aulstralia in 1971 and he passed away in 1988.
GERALD Cruz 2014-02-06 11:44:07
I will always remember Bro.Wilfred as he taught me in form 2A.I left Hong Kong in 1971 for Vancover,B.C. Canada and he came Canada to see us.I can still remember the dinner we had together my classmates Christopher Bee and Michael Young-Lai in Vancouver! And signed my high school year both with the reunion of us all! God Bless you Bro. Wilfred.
Mark Huang (85) 2006-09-10 02:15:13
Dear Tomas, good to hear from you. I wonder if you have any photos of your days in La Salle, especially those with Brother Wilfred? We are building a collection of photos of old La Salle, and we would love to add to the collection if you have any. Cheers Mark Heritage Sub Committee LSCOBA
Tomas Vieira 2006-09-04 19:58:58
I was in Brother Wilfred’s 1971 F2 class. Iimmigrated to Australia in 1979 and met Brother in his retirement at the Brother’s facility in Redcliffe, Queensland. He was thrilled to see me again to know that he was so fondly remembered and cherished for his patronage of us football boys. He took us camping to Lantau as well as Fanling. He had a great sense of humour and was a source of great encouragement to all
David Hsu (1973) 2004-07-01 18:26:19
Rev Bro Wilfred was F2A form master in 69-70 and a very devoted teacher indeed. He use to give us tests or dictations in the first session at 8:15am and he would have all 40 test papers marked and comments ready after recess at 10:30am. His principle is that as we are still fresh with the topics tested, to have the test marked and comments made within an hour is the best way to learn refreshingly and avoid the mistakes at the first instant. He also believes that reciting poems every week can definitely improve and generate a stronger memory. As such it did improve our memory to the extent that after reciting would commit to our memory instantly. He was also keen on the social life of his students. He sponsored the Wilfred Football Club for the Summer League and always took the team out for dinner which was a luxury then.
Many past pupils, parents and friends will be sad to hear of the death of Brother Austin De Lemos who passed away peacefully on the 14 December 1995 at St. Tereas’s Hospital Kowloon.
Our grief is somewhat lightened by the fact that Brother Austin led a long, full and fruitful life in the Lord’s service. Born at the turn of the century in 1900 in Burma (Myanmar), he joined the De La Salle Brothers as an aspirant in 1916. His many years of dedicated service to education began at St. John’s Kuala Lumpur in 1942 and from then until 1954 he taught in the Brothers schools in Penang, Melaka, Taiping, Seremban and Singapore. He was transferred to Burma in 1954 and taught in Moulmein, Twante and Rangoon until the nationalisation of all Catholic schools in 1965. Brother Austin’s “retirement” years were spent first in Malaysia (1966-1977) and then in La Salle College, Kowloon (1977-1995). Retirement in hardly the appropriate word for Brother Austin, because up to very recently he continued to teach and tutor students. Brother Austin’s life was a fine illustration of the spirit of the Institute he joined, the spirit of faith and of zeal. In the spirit of faith, he always sought to do God’s will and to see everybody and everything with the eyes of faith. In the spirit of zeal for the instruction of children, he taught with efficiency and enthusiasm and regarded the teaching profession with pride. Brother Austin was the last of his family to die, his younger sister having passed away three years ago at the age of 87. We extend our sympathies to his nephews, nieces and other relatives, for whom Brother Austin had a heartfelt and prayerful attachment. To all who in one way or another helped Brother Austin on his life’s journey, thank you. May your generosity be rewarded. Brother Austin was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, on 16 December.
Brother Richard Dolby was born on 5th December 1894 in Upper Burma (now called Myanmar). He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. Brother Richard taught Class 2 for one year in La Salle College and was then transferred to Malacca in April 1933. Brother Richard passed away in Burma in 1975.
The following was shared by Lester Huang (77) on 2-Aug-2001
I was fortunate enough to have Brother James Dooley as Spiritual Director when I was President of the Legion of Mary Praesidium Our Lady of Fatima. Through our weekly encounters the fellow Legionaries came to know more of this good man and his teaching. Brother James always came across as being strict, but reasonable. His allocutios (sermons to those outside the Legion Movement) were worded in language appropriate for the boys gathered around him in terms of the level of English and as to the spiritual content. We could hang on to these messages and live by them. After Brother James left La Salle College I think he spent some time in Rome doing Lasallian work. We corresponded occasionally and later today I will dig out the old letters (often aerogrammes) that we exchanged. In my mind’s eye, however, I can see his strong bold style of handwriting, more often than not in heavy thick pens, conveying his humble gentle manner. As one of the many good La Salle brothers who was to me an inspiration and a model, Brother James will be in my heart forever. Rest in Peace. Lester Huang
Alexander Lee 2005-12-14 07:20:55
Bro. James Dooley was my school principal from 65-69 in St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. I remember him as a strict but fair educator with whom I had numerous encounters cos I was quite a problem student.