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December 9, 2009
ROY ('65 Batch)
Monishi Sanyal phoned
the news on December 9, 2009 informing the sad passing away of
Swapan Roy of a sudden heart attack in Los Angeles.
wrote on December 9, 2009
Received a brief
phone call from Monishi informing me about the
untimely demise of our good friend, Swapan Roy,
this morning of a heart attack. May he rest in
September 5, 2009
TEMPO (Would have
graduated in '71 - left NP in '68)
wrote on September 5, 2009
I am sorry to inform the
North Point and Loreto community of the sad and
unexpected passing away of Pasang Tempo ('64 - '67 till
class 7) of sudden illness in the early hours of
September 5th in Siliguri.
Pasang was the younger
brother of North Pointer Tamding Tempo (NP '62) and
Loretoites Lhanjay and Norzing Tempo. He leaves behind
wife Kincho and two sons Kunzang 19 and Sanila 16 in
One day we are here and the
next.......May God give his entire family and friends
the strength to bear this very sad, sad loss.
July 12, 2009
Joan and the Windsors
wrote on July 12, 2009
It is with a great sense of loss that we have to advise all of you,
our dear friends, that our dearest sister Maureen passed away this
morning, Sunday July 12th at 6.20am. Thankfully, her last days were
pain free as she was under total sedation and she passed away
without awakening, attended by her husband and children.
In her last days, Maureen was surrounded by the Howard and Windsor
clans (all 6 Windsors were able to make it for the first time since
1971 and we also had Louis' 4 daughters and one of his 5 grandsons
who came from Perth) who came from all corners of the globe to spend
the last few days with her, so she had a chance to say a right royal
goodbye. Last Sunday, all her friends (approximately 60 girls
including 3 from LCD) gathered from far and wide, many coming from
overseas and all around Australia, for a pre-birthday party to
celebrate her life and she had the time of her life - you know how
us Windsors enjoy being the centre of attention, even if we have to
be knocking at death's door to get it ! The attendance was well
worth the effort and the fact that she needed 3 hours to have a
personal word with everyone present is testimony to her popularity.
I hope that when you think of her, it is with fondness for a happy
soul who loved life and lived it to the full.
The Windsors and Howards thank all of you for all your prayers and
moral support these past long months.
As I will not be back home in BK until Tuesday, please forgive me
for not addressing this email to each of you personally. I promise
to be in contact once I am back home If any of you know anyone who
is not on my OBOL network we would greatly appreciate if you could
forward this to them all. Maureen had so many friends all over the
Love, Joan and the Windsors
Dearest Joan, Dan & Dereck
With great sadness we write this note to you. Maureen was such a
lovely person and we fondly remember when she came and spent time
with us, we are truly sad to get the news. Its a difficult to find
the right words to console you but we want you to know that both Doel
and myself are right next to you and will do anything to help you
make the pain a little less. God bless her soul may she rest in
peace. Fondest love from us both. Rono
This is sad, real sad - all good
people leaving us one after the other ! But then such are God's
ways. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the Windsors &
Howards. May God be with them and give them the strength to bear the
loss. May Maureen's soul rest in eternal peace.
Naureen Dunn had informed us
that Maureen was very ill but we never expected the sad news
so soon. Maureen was very close and dear to Nimmi and me and
we will always remember her as a wonderful and cheerful
friend and so full of life, we will miss her immensely and
God bless her.
This is too sad for words. We
have written a separate letter to Joan. With the greatest
respect at this difficult time.
Armen John Lucas
(South of France)
Thanks - I got it too and they are
having services for her at Ruam Rudee on Saturday. I will be going
Dear Windsors and Howards family
At this hour of grief I would like to send in my sincere condolences
and assure you my prayers this evening. Love and prayers.
Nirnay John Chettri
It is this deep felt North Point spirit that binds our souls
together. I sincerely pay my respects to Maureen's peaceful parting
from life to where we are άltimately all called to go. We will
always be together here and to the next.
Namastey, Shanti, Peace
Dear Joan, Dan and Derrick:
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss and sorrow
with the passing of your sister Maureen. I can still visualize her
in LCD uniform as if it were yesterday. Thanks for sharing the news
of her passing. From reading Derrick's email, I gather that each of
you as family, were able to celebrate her life and she was fortunate
to have you all with her in her last moments. My deepest sympathies
to each of you for your loss. She shall be remembered in prayer.
Melba Remedios, Toronto
My heartfelt condolences and
sympathies to the entire Windsor family on the passing of Maureen
Windsor. I have no doubt that her soul will pass onto an even better
life as she was so pure of heart.
by T.N. (Tsoltim N. Shakabpa)
When we die
And die we will
We will shed our bodies
Like we cast off used clothes
And don new bodies
Like we wear new clothes
We will forget the past
Like we forget our birth
And look to the future
As we agnise death
Dying is just a part of living
And living is but a part of dying
The present is just a reflection of the past
And the future is but a destiny of the present
If life you have lived to its fullest
And done the best you can
Be not afraid of death
Nor regret the life you led
For dying calls to life a new birth
And an adventure for another lifetime
Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2009
Maureen was such a vibrant and
vivacious person, and one never expected her to pass away so
quickly. I will be sending our condolences to the families.
My sincere condolences
to Maureen's family. I had the pleasure of meeting
her in 2005 during NP and Loreto re-union in
Bangkok. She was such a charming lady.
Madan & Colette Dhakhwa
Please convey my deepest condolences to all the
family members. I always remember Maureen as a
beautiful, vibrant girl. What a beautiful gift to
have all her loving relationship surround her on her
way home. May she rest in peace.
In my thoughts,
Bina Dodani (Kiran Melwani)
July 1, 2009
LEKH KUMAR PRADHAN (Lekhu)
wrote on July 4, 2009:
I write to give you a sad news that Lekh Kumar Pradhan (Lekhu) NP
'71 batch had a mild stroke and was being treated in Siliguri and
was recovering but had a heart attack and died on 1st July. He used
to live in Darjeeling and was running his own transport business and
The Hotel Darjeeling below the Dhirdham Temple. His sons (twins)
Ashim and Aswin, both North Pointers, are working and settled in
Kathmandu, were planning to take him to Kathmandu for further
treatment but it was not to be. Deepak Kusarye rang me to give the
news he was in Siliguri and had visited Lekhu in Hospital.
April 13, 2009
Sorry to learn about the demise of our eldest (97 year old) North
Pointer. Elizabeth was the nurse of John Conroy. One can communicate
with Elizabeth for details.... her E-Mail address is in the E-Mail
Hello to you, I
hope this finds you well, I am writing to give you the sad
news that John Conroy who was the oldest man who went to NP
has sadly died, he was in hospital for 4 weeks and he died
on Monday 13th April, he was 97 years old, he had a
wonderful life, as you know the best time was at N.P he was
so happy there, just before he died a man came to hospital
in the next bed, it was amazing,,, he also was at N.P at the
same time as John his name was Fuller, he was one of 5
brothers who attended N.P he is 90 a very nice man, what are
the odds of that happening,,,, million 2 one wonderful sadly
John was not up to talking or he would have loved it his
funeral is next Wednesday will be in touch by for now Liz
Riding God Bless you.
Sad to have to report, my uncle, John Conroy (NP'28),
the oldest living alumnus, has passed away on 13 April
April 06, 2009
wife CHERRY TOBDEN, sister CHUKIE TOBDEN (Loreto
'70 batch) WANGCHUK BARPHUNGPA
Tashi Tobden in 2005
Photo submitted by
Madan Dhakwa on
April 08, 2008
Chukie Tobden in 2005
Photo submitted by
Madan Dhakwa on
April 08, 2008
Tobgye Dorji ('64
batch) wrote on April 7, 2009
Last night at
about 10 p.m.
Tashi Topden N.P. 1965, His wife
Cherry, his sister Chukie
Topden (Loreto Darjeeling 1969/70?) and Wangchuck Barphungpa
N.P 1970 all died in a tragic accident in
Sikkim. They were returning from a
wedding just outside of Gangtok. I understand that they had
a new driver and he may have been drinking at the wedding
party. The weather was very foggy and they went off the
road on a cliff and all perished with head injuries.
Some of you knew
them well and some of you knew their relatives who went to
school or college with you. I thought that you would like
to know and say a few prayers for the departed.
and Cherry are survived by their two children who are 18
(daughter) an 14 ( young boy who is studying in NP Darj. Tashi and
are the younger sibling of Tsering Topden (NP college) Angi
Topden (NP college) and Wangmo Topden (Np college).
Wangchuck Barphungpa is survived by his wife and mother
(whose mother was a great friend of my maternal grand
mother). Tashi and
Chukies brother Wangyal Topden is
married to Hope Lisum (daughter of the late Chogyal of
I understand that
Chukie Topden was planning to join politics this year
and give The Chief Minister Chamling a run for his money!
All her life she was an environmentalist spend all her
inheritance to fight court battles for environment and
historical and religious sites from degradation. All the
Loreto girls would have been proud that she was from the
Convent. Both Tashi and Chukie
also gave their time and effort to promote the Sikkimese
Buddhist culture and helped revive some of the lost
traditional music and arts of
Sikkim (some of which were a part of
Bhutanese tradition). I know this as I have personally been
involved in sending Bhutanese musicians and dancers and
artisans to Sikkim, on his
request. I also visited many places in
Sikkim and everywhere I went the people were most
appreciative of Tashis efforts, over the decades , to
protect the monastaries of
Sikkim. They were both my friends
since childhood and continued to be close.
I too feel the
tragic loss (really badly) and wonder how I am going to help
the bereaved ones who must be feeling much worse and so, I
beg you for your prayers for them.
I ask for special
prayers for Mrs. Barphungpa as she has lost her beloved
husband and her best friend (Tashis wife). Wangchuck
Barphungpa was also a wonderful son to his mother whom he
cherised and looked after all these years and spent quality
time with her daily whicle living under the same roof. He
has been a inspiration to me to be a better son. Maybe,as
the only son he had an inherent link to his mothers mind.
Dont forget to give Chimmila, his mother (age 86?) strength
to bear her Loss.
Thanks for your
patience but I just had to express myself.
By the way I do
pray for all of you ,practically, everyday and wish you
devastated. What can one say in such a great hour of tragedy. Tashi
was the closest friend I had in NP and at St. Stephen's College, and
on an off and on basis we kept in touch for all these years. He did
such a lot for Sikkim including in the field of religion, and where
I had visited him some years back. He was such a wonderful host. We
also met up in New York.
My family's and my
deepest sympathies go out to his children and family. I just hope
that they have the courage to bear this unbearable loss. I will
never be able to get over this unbelievable tragedy.
prayers are with them.
May they all rest
This is terribly tragic. Appreciate the update.
I will certainly pray for them and their survivors.
Chun na Ranong
What a terrible
Thanks for keeping
us posted. I remember Chukie Tobden and Wangchuck
well. I think Chukie might have finished at LC in 1971.
They and the rest
of their families are in our thoughts.
Sad news indeed -
what a tragedy for those left behind. My prayers are with them all
Really sorry to
hear about this tragic loss.
Prayers for the
departed souls and their family members is being made right now.
news. Am forwarding the mail to a few you may have missed out.
This is very sad
We offer our
condolences and pray to God to bless their souls and give them ever
Please pass on my
deepest sympathy and condolences at this tragic event.
This is really sad
news and to think that just the other day we were at the re-union
brimming with life and in one brief moment this fragile existence
got shattered. Our prayers go with the departed.
I am in Kolkata
this week. I tried calling you.
I am deeply
grieved to learn of this terrible tragedy. My prayers for the
departed and sincere sympathies and condolences for the bereaved.
I am truly truly
sorry. Chukie was in school with me and I remember her as a tiny
little hockey player who would dart in and out below the legs of the
tall and strong ones. And score all the goals. And I've spent many
happy days in the garden in Sikkim with Hope Lisums brothers and
family and Hope who was a tiny baby then.
And the other
thing your mail has done is put me in touch with Tobgye who has been
trying to get in touch with my aunt over the last few days...so if
it's the same Tobgye Dorji they will soon be in contact.
With prayers and
Thank you so much
for forwarding this mail to me. I was in the same class as Chukie at
Loreto, Darj - therefore we kind of "grew up" together and I
remember her very well. I had tried to find out where she was these
days - I wish I had been smart enough to just contact you and ask
for your assistance. All of the family sound such special people and
we have lost good friends.
I will pray for
all and celebrate Chukie in my memories.
Thank you again.
Please do convey
my most sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved ones,
some of whom I knew in school.
In such moments,
more words cannot express the sorrow more, but our prayers for the
soul of the departed and for courage for the surviving will
certainly be heard.
May they Rest in
Peace and may their cycle of reincarnation reach higher levels
NP '68 College '72
Sad; so very
I am so full of
grief and sadness as I read of this tragedy that took so so many
lives from the same family including the NP/Loretto family too.....
Please convey my
condolences to the immediate family and hope the "hollow space in
your souls" will heal as you will surely miss them..... our prayers
are with you all.....
I am so so very
sad to hear the most terribly sad news. My heart goes out top the
survivors and my prayer and thought are with the deceases. As the
Lord Buddha said life is transient, we are all just passing through.
Let's be kind to each other and all other while we are here.
Thank you for
letting me know of the tragedy.
Warm regards and
may the Lord be with you.
I am deeply
saddened by the news. I wasn't expecting such sad news over the
internet. Lately, I have been dreading to answer the phone in the
middle of the night, because it could never be good news!
Thank you Tobgye
for letting us know and for expressing your sorrow so well. I share
the same sorrow with you. When I read his name, Tashi Tobden, I was
totally stunned and numbness took over my entire body. Thank you
Om, for bringing us together in New York City. THe reunion I shall
never forget but very sad that it was our last goodbye.
Yes, Tashi was my
true and dearest friend over all these years. As most for us, the
Class of '65 are aware, we were planning our class reunion in 2010
and we shall all miss him terribly.
My family joins me
in conveying our deepest condolences to his children and to his
Tony (San Tut)
condolences to all the departed soul may their souls mingle with the
winds that sweeps the Himalayas and keep soaring to newer heights
May their soul rest in peace.
Thanks for the
I am still in shock.
Thank you for
passing on this news -all of us ...64,65,66,67 classes are shocked
Chuki was in my
sister's batch, a yr senior to me after many many yrs, she met many
of her old friends, including my sister, last yr and early this yr.
they are in complete shock.
Yes, I do join all others and pray for Chuki and her family, she was
definitely worth a lot.
It is indeed a sad and tragic news. There is no good way to convey
such tragic and utterly senseless accident. Sharon and I know
Cherry and Wangchuk. Of course Tashi was my class mate. We are so
sorry for the loss of our friends. Would you know of any donations
or funds that are set up in their memory? If not what can we do?
Please convey our condolences to Tsering Topden, Angi Topden and
We get so caught up in our narrow daily lives that we forget to be
thankful for having friends like Tashi and Wangchuk and all of you,
and forget to let you know how fortunate I have been to have you as
friends who are more like brothers.
Although this may not be an appropriate time, I would like to share
a ray of sun-shine in my life. On Thursday April 2nd, I became for
the second time a grand father. Julia and Tim (Sullivan) became
proud parents to a 7 lbs 12 oz daughter. Julia returned home
yesterday. Both mother and daughter are well. Father is ecstatic.
Grand father and grand mother are very happy.
Please let us know what we can do from the US.
CM and Sharon
So sorry to hear
such a tragic Topden departure. My consolation and hope lie in the
fact that we share the grievances in true North Point renewal
Please convey my
condolences to the bereaved family. I recall vividly the happy and
jovial demeanor of the late Tashi Topden.
Thank you very
much passing on this tragic news. It is indeed a very sad news. I
spent a couple days with Tashi and his family when I visited them in
2005 after NP re-union in Bangkok. I was in NP college with Wangmo
and we had very memorable time with her brother Tashi and her
It's a shock to
hear this news. I'll pass on this news to our NP alumni with whom I
have contact with.
This sad news. Our
prayers & thoughts are with the families.
Minoo & Gurdeep
Received this tragic new from Ashok and must
pass on to you all especially those who knew Tashi Topden NP 1965,
his wife Cherry and and Wangchuck Barphungpa NP 1970.
To anyone who know the deceased's families
please convey my condolences to them.
Those who already know please bear with me.
LC 1957 1962
Thank you for
letting me know.
It is indeed very
sad news, especially as it was so unexpected and has now caused
great grief to so many family members and also to all their circle
My thoughts and
prayers go out to them at this difficult time and especially prayers
for the souls of those who died in that tragic accident.
I will be writing
separately to Tobgye
Paul Zitek (NP '57)
devastating news. Not only did I know them from their association
with NP and Loreto when I was in NP (1961 batch, but I grew up with
Tashi, Angi and Wangmo in Gangtok, where my father was posted for
many years for construction of the Border Roads. We knew the entire
family and my father was a very close friend of their father.
I still remember
their house was just below the Ritche Road leading to the palace
gate. Thereafter whenever I visited Sikkim, which I did many time
during my working life, I touched base with Tashi.
condolences to the members of the bereaved families and our prayers
will always be with them. My future visits to Gangtok, if at all, I
do - will never be the same and I can imagine how difficult it must
be for the near and dear ones to accept this tragic loss.
It was nice of you
to put Tobgye Dorji's letter in the internet mail. Shall appreciate
if you could mine too for circulation. Thank you. Karma.
It was a wonderful
gesture on the part of Tobgye Dorji himself a humble person, to
compile a news profile covering the most unfortunate affair of the
motor accident resulting in the sudden and tragic loss of lives of
Tashi Topden, wife Cherry, his youngest sister Chukie, Wangchuk
Barphungpa and the driver of the vehicle Prakash Gurung.
We all have to
bear this great loss in humble silence and prayer in memory of their
departed souls, while being in unison in offering sympathetic
condolences to the bereaved members of the family, to the only
daughter and son of their deceased parents Tashi and Cherry, the
sisters Tshering, Angi and Wangmo, youngest brother Wangyal and
other close members of the 'Libing' household. No words can express
the depth of sorrow in loss of three members of the same family.
Even conceiving of such an event is beyond imagination. But this
happened to be a reality to the Topden family is totally bizarre and
even unacceptable as a co-incidental tragedy.
in equal magnitude and affection is extended to Wangchuck's wife
Dikila, three sons, sisters and most of his entire octogenarian
mother Chimmila and the 'Khenzong' household. This short note
contains heartfelt feelings in sympathy to both the families, to
tide the sudden and unbearable tragedy, sorrow and sadness befallen
on them. It is hoped and prayed these soft unspoken whispers of
concern will assist the bereaved members of both the families to
cushion and support realization of the event as reality, gradually
to be absorbed, accepted and realized, maybe not immediately but in
sequence in time and space.
The need of the
moment is for friends, well wishers and the concerned to convey
comforting thoughts to them in words or script. This should go a
long way in supporting the resilience of the grieved members to be
unafraid in the darkness of the night which normally is a realm of
It is always
considered gainful to contemplate on the transcendental nature of
existence to relief the self from so hard-pressed moments of
thunderbolt strike in flashes of lightening. Life is but a memory of
events and sadness which one leaves behind for posterity for recall
and replay in memorials.
'As such time of
grief there isn't much anyone can do, but just let you know that
sympathetic thoughts are there for you'.
Karma Tshering (Pempahishey)
NP College 1965
I was really shocked to learn that so many from
North Point and Loreto perished in the tragic accident.
The news hurt even more as we spent so may
years together with Barphungpa in NP. When Manjit visited India in
1990 we went to Gangtok and spent a day with him. We relived the NP
days in those few hours that we were there.
I kept in touch with him in the past years over
the phone and a few years ago my children and Dad were visiting
Bengal and they too went to Gangtok. He looked after them as he
would have looked after us.
Recently his phone numbers seemed to have
changed and I tried to call his residence today but could not get
through.However I called a local news paper in Sikkim and they gave
me a number of one of his relatives from where I got his residence
number.I called and talked to his son and wife.His wife recollected
our visit in 1990 ant his son told me that he had heard a lot about
both Manjit and I as he always told them stories of the times we had
at North Point.
His res No is +91 3592 202489 If anyone may
want call him.
I do hope the souls of all the departed rest in
Thank you for informing me.
What a tragic accident- what a waste of lives.
I did not know them, but my parents knew the family.
shocking news. I am absolutely shocked and speechless.
Please forward my heartfelt condolences to the families and also
many thanks to Tobgye for letting us all know.
It was really sad to here about the mishap and
hope his sole rests in peace...... and may God help his family to
strengthen them self.
Regard to all.
NP - 1990 -2000 ICSE ISC
I also got a call from Thinley Densapa around
mid-day informing me of this shocking news. And to think that just 2
years ago, almost to the day, we all met at Barphungpa's house for a
really enjoyable evening. Cherry Topden even lent my wife Kanta a
jacket to wear on our trip to Nathula the next day. It was great to
meet these guys after so long and it felt like as if we were meeting
after just 4 months or something instead of 4 decades!....the
connection was so spontaneous and warm - true North Pointers!
May the Almighty rest their souls in eternal
I am extremely sad to hear about the tragic
passing away of TW Barphungpa. We were together in school from 1961
to 1970. I remember those days so well and so vividly that it
becomes so hard to believe that he is no more.I pray for his soul's
My heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones.
Rana Mukherjee. 1970 batch
This is such a tragedy. As SS said, so many NP
and Loreto lives lost in one terrible accident. Thanks to
. SS for
filling in about Barphungpa (TW) since we last saw him. We know now
how he remained caring, hospitable and a good friend as the years
I was also (along with Soumitra) with TW at St. Stephen's, Delhi
(1971-74) and we interacted quite a bit there, too. I lost touch
after that despite joining the IAS 4 years after he did. All these
sad and untimely deaths must be such a blow to the families as well
- our heart goes out to them. Hope they find the courage and solace
to heal from their loss.
We are devastated by the shocking news and are
trying to wrap our minds around the simultaneous loss of three of
our cousins and a dear friend. I specially remember, during my last
visit to Gangtok, listening with great interest to Yap Tashi talk
about his renovation plans of our monasteries. I remember how struck
I was by Chum Chukie independent attitude. How unfortunate that,
that independent spirit not fulfill its potential. What a loss, not
just to the families but also to our entire community.
Lhanjay Dolma Tempo
It is with great sorrow that we received the
sad news about the tragic loss of Tashi , Cherry, Chukie and
Wangchuck here in Dubai. It is always difficult to cope with the
loss of dear friends and even though it is a well known fact that we
meet only to part, this parting is such sweet sorrow. We pray for
the souls of our departed friends and offer our heartfelt
condolences to the surviving members of their families as well as
the extended North Point and Loreto alumni fraternity and ask
Almighty God to give all of us the strength to cope up and bear this
I would like to quote from a headstone found in
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Fare thee well my friends and rest safely in
the loving arms of God Almighty.
Robert C S Wilson
Senior Operations Manager
Dubai School of Government
Very sad to hear about the tragedy. Please
convey our family's condolences to the bereaved family.
Deepest Condolences for the family. Sad loss
to society and our small but close group of North Pointers.
With the demise of Tashi Tobden (NP 1966), TW
Barphungpa (NP 1970) we have lost not only dear friends but two very
sincere people in Sikkim. I happen to have known them both well and
during the last Re Union in Darjeeling we had dinner at the
Windemeer Hotel and recalled our days at North Point. Never did I
visualize that I will never meet them again.
Wangchuk Barfunghpa was of the same batch as me
and we were good friends in School. Since leaving we have kept in
touch with each other. He had been a wonderful host when I had
visited Gangtok with my family in 1999. We had a memorable evening
at his house with his family and Hope Lisum. Barfunghpas mother who
was then 75+ had a very sharp memory and loved to sing especially
old Hindi songs. My wife Nisha and she continued singing together
till late night.
Barfunghpa 1970, Khandu Wangchuk 1970, Rinzi
Dorji 1970 (who passed away), Bonney Mahapatra 1971, Ashok Mukherjee
1971 were all together in St. Stephens Delhi.
In fact Barfunghpa sent some Sikkimese tea to my
office about three weeks ago and we had talked to each other.
Tashi We had kept in touch and had exchanged
greeting early this year and I was planning to make a trip to Sikkim
during this summer.
When God takes away he leaves us with little
option but to pray for their families and dear ones.
With this in mind we have to inform you that a
prayer meeting is being arranged by the Calcutta Chapter at
The Buddhist Temple, 6 Chakaberia
Lane, Opp Poddupukur on 11th April at 11 am. Pls
come to share in this solemn occasion and to pray for the departed
We are deeply grieved to hear of this tragic
loss. Our condolences to the families of Tashi, Cherry, Chukie and
Wangchuck. We will pray for them. Again, we are so sorry.
Gobind Daryanani (1956)
President NP East Coast Chapter USA
Please convey our deepest sympathies. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the family as they face this tragic
Pax et Bonum
Osbert (NP '50-61)
The news has been a shock. I am still coming to
terms with it. But death and fate are inevitable and we have to
accept the way of the lord.
If this tragic event has hurt us so much just
imagine what it must for the immediate family.
We can only hope and pray for the departed. We hope that they may
rest in peace in their new abode.
I knew Chukie well. I am very sorry to hear of
the loss of all these lives. I am thinking of their families in this
Beverly Karnik (LCD 69/70)
My heartfelt condolences go out to the kids-
life is always surprising and often unfair but nonetheless a
reminder, should we take it for granted.
I was shattered to hear this terrible news
through my friend Carey Martin (nee White) and thank you for letting
us all know.
My heartfelt condolences to you and the
families who will need so much strength to deal with this
devastating tragedy, my prayers are with them at this difficult
time. Chukie was in my year at LCD and we spent those formative
years growing up together and sharing many lovely experiences, I
have a few photographs from those school years which I will try to
dig up and send on to you. I never made it to Sikkim and sadly we
lost contact. It is wonderful to know what an accomplished lady she
grew into, the Chukie I remember so well was a real tomboy!
I have forwarded the sad news on to a few
others in Australia. My sister Lisa, who now lives in Seattle, will
do the same to a few of her friends.
With my deepest sympathy and love.
I have read your email and am absolutely shocked and deeply saddened
to hear about the demise of our dear friend T.W. Barphungpa in a car
accident in Gangtok.
have known him and his two sisters since our days in Kalimpong, (St.
Josephs Convent), in the early sixties, right up to his college
days in Delhi University.
had been meaning to visit Sikkim to look him up, but alas, he is no
wife Ruby and me and my sister Jayasri (ex-Loreto) send our deepest
condolences to his family.
May God Bless his soul. He will live in our hearts forever.
Ollie Plesek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
wrote on April 12, 2009
At the request of Fr Van I am forwarding his
email which provides additional information on the recent tragedy in
Sikkim which touched the lives of both NP and Loreto alumni/ae - the
tragic deaths of Tashi Tobden, his wife Cherry and sister Chuki and
relative Tshering Wangchuk.
Yesterday Fr. Kinley and I attended the
cremation in Gangtok of Tashi Tobden NP '65, his wife Cherry, his
sister Chuki of Loreto. His close relative Tshering Wangchuk
Barphungpa was cremated on Good Friday. All of them victims along
with their driver of journeying in Sikkim in deep fog on Monday 6th.
They slipped over a cliff, the car plunging down over 400 feet into
a river. Tashi and Cherry have their son studying in Class X here at
NP. Wangchuk's son, Sonam, had been studying here till last year.
It was both a sad and glorious day yesterday. The crowd was immense,
the ceremonies executed beautifully for the two men were highly
respected in Sikkim, both government bureaucrats, well known as
incorruptible, honest men. Tashi was the President of the Sikkim
Alumni Chapter. The two couples, including Wangchuk's wife always
travelled together to family functions but this time, she wasn't
feeling well and did not go. So at least his three sons still have
their mother. Tashi's son has only an elder sister. You can spread
this news to the Australian alumni in case others have not heard of
this great tragedy. We have lost two outstanding alumni. Tashi had
been given a rare North Point award four years ago (there have been
only four such awardees in NP history, "Loyal Son of North Point")
by the outstanding way in which he lived the values picked up in NP,
especially difficult in government circles.
I am sorry to hear the sad news and have been
praying for all. May the good Lord bless them and look after them
God Bless you and your continuous good work.
I learnt with great sadness the untimely
passing away of TW. I would like to offer my deepest condolences and
prayres to his family.
Dr Tanpa Thondup
NP batch 1970
Chukie was my colleague. I feel so sorry to hear this
news. I really don't know what to say after all these
years, except that I remember Chukie as one gentle girl way
back then and a very determined person too.
May their souls rest in peace
My condolences and sincere sympathies to all the
families, they will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Louise Lee (Loreto 1959)
So very sorry to hear of this tragic loss.
convey our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved
families. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult
Pluck (nee Ghosh)
What a tragic and horrific news. Our prayers are with the
families. I knew Barphungpa well and this news pains.
March 26, 2009
D. Bose ('48 Batch)
This is to inform you all that Mr. D.Bose NP 1948 batch
breathed his last on 26th Mar 2009 and last rites was
performed on 6th April at Calcutta. He was also one of the
Founding Members of the Calcutta Chapter. Please pray for
April 18, 2008
SHARAB SHRING LA (Lulu) ('67 Batch)
|Photo sent by
Joaquim De Souza (Joki) on April 30, 2008
Message sent by
Vijay Mirchandani ('67)
on June 23, 2008
Just heard yesterday about the sad news of
Lulu, Sharab Shringla my close friend from school, college and XLRI. We
played in the same band through college and XLRI. I got my driving
licence on his jeep in Darjeeling. We travelled to Ranchi from
Jamshedpur on my motorbike, and despite having an accident just when we
started, we returned, healed our wounds, and then restarted our journey.
Even though we lost touch for the past 20 years or so, I do think of
him and the great times we had during our growing up years.
' 67 batch
sent by Tshering Huber-Lhamu LCD
1962, NP 1962-64
My brother Lulu (Sharab Shring La) passed away on April 18 in Delhi. He
was a great father, good husband, caring son and an attentive brother.
He'll be missed by all the many relatives and friends because of his
hospitality and close attachment he maintained with them all these
years. Many thanks to all the friends who sent their kind words at this
sad time. He always said that St Joseph's School and College gave him
the best education and cherished the years he spent there.
Ronnie Bali NP
School class of 1968 on May 1, 2008
I'm sorry to inform you that Sharab (Lulu) Shringla - ' 67 batch, passed
away in Delhi on April 18th, after a protracted illness.
He leaves behind his wife Tamdin & son Kalden. They can be contacted on
or Tel No.
God bless his soul....
[NP - '68]
Message sent by
Joaquim De Souza (Joki) NP
School class of 1971 on April 29, 2008
Dear Boys & Girls,
Unfortunately this one is another of the sad stories we bring to our
alumni as time passes along taking with it one of our former school mates
and college mates. Sharaba Shringla (Lulu) slipped into an unconscious
state on the 16th April 2008 and later passed away on the 18th of April
I've known Lulu for a long time as we were both born in Darjeeling. Lulu
was in the 1967 NP school batch and then went through College at North
Point. He then went to XLRI in Jamshedpur where he got His Masters in
His starting ground was at the Taj Hotel Chain and his last successful
job before his passing away in his career was Director of Marketing for
the State Trading Corporation of India. He leaves behind a family who will
Joaquim De Souza (Joki)
April 15, 2007
LHENDUP DORJI ('60 Batch)
Message sent by
Tsoltim N. Shakabpa
NP School class of 1960 on April 30, 2007
The former prime minister, Dasho Lhendup ("Lenny") Dorji, passed away on
April 15 at his residence in Lungtenphu, Thimphu, surrounded by his
family. He was 71.
The youngest of five siblings, Dasho Lhendup Dorji was born to Gongzim
Sonam Tobgay Dorji and Rani Chuni Wangmo on October 6, 1935, at Bhutan
Brother to Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck,
Dasho Lhendup Dorji was conferred the red scarf by the third Druk Gyalpo
POEM by Tsoltim N.
The Bhutanese sun made him a
Everyone knew him ever since
He was as resplendent as a quince
Never to challenge did he wince
Friends he had many
Girls he knew plenty
To his wife he was the only Lenny
To his children a father better than any
Now he's left us earthly
souls to mingle with the Gods
And discourse with bonnie angels and heaven's lords
To his wishes them too he prods
Charming them all by all odds
Copyright: Tsoltim N.
Shakabpa - 2007
September 29, 2006
Condolence messages and feelings expressed by the community -
scroll down or
For Shasheesh's photo
sent by Ken
Pearce forwarded by Andrew
Raschid on Oct. 1, click here
Madhav Sarda wrote on Sept. 30th
I am distressed, depressed and deeply shocked ........
Shasheesh is no more ..............
Edward Roncon ('87 batch) wrote
on Sept. 30th at 16:24 p.m. Indian time
Please pass on.
Just spoke to Ajay Edwards- a good friend of Shashi and I with deep sorrow
inform that Shashi passed away at Delhi yesterday. They are bringing the
body back to Darjeeling tomorrow and Ajay informs me that they will
cremate Sashi at Kalimpong where Sashi always wanted to settle down in and
establish his dream Bamboo Project.
Our condolences are with the family- Sashi leaves behind two small
children and a wife and our prayers and wishes need to be with them in
this most trying hour.
Ashok Sadhwani wrote on Sept. 29th at 12:15 p.m.
Some latest news about Darjeeling below. (For those who don't know
Shashish Prasad, he is a North Pointer, batch of '82, a successful
architect in the hills, built all the NP building extensions, was at the
Chiangmai reunion last year, was building the bamboo school in Ghoom
for Fr. Van and was the Darjeeling ground support and lead man for our
forthcoming NP-Loreto reunion next March.) Read on.......
>Subject: FW: 3rd Darjeeling Reunion
>Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 13:55:46 -0500 (U.S. East Coast time)
>From: From: <email@example.com>
>Joan asked me to let everyone know about Shashish and Fr. Van (not well)
>and forward her email to let all know the latest on the 2007 Darj ReU.
>From: Convention Organisers [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 2:51 AM
>To: Choudhuri, Kabita
>Subject: 3rd Darjeeling Reunion
>Dear Kabita :
>I hate to inform you that Shashish has just had brain surgery and has
started chemo. Everyone in Darj is in shock and Fr. Van had to be admitted
to hospital for a week!
>For all his great work for NP in putting up the new extensions we should
all pray for him and his family so pass the news around.
wrote on September 30, 2006
It is with the greatest sorrow I inform you of this sad news received
from India. Please read Edward's email below. If any of you have
anything to say - messages, comments - please email to me for posting on
our NP-Loreto web site.
Please allow me to add my feelings:- Shasheesh and myself sat next to
each other on the flight from Bangkok to Chiangmai on July 24, 2005 in
the midst of all the excitement of our Reunion last year. For the entire
flight including time to take off and taxi to gate, both of us gorged on
exchanging news, views, opinions and conversed incessantly. Being much
younger than me, Shasheesh displayed an abandoned level of intelligence.
With his vast repertoire of knowledge of the hills and the various
building projects he had been and currently was involved in, he brought
me so much closer to my dream of living in the hills once again.
Both Shasheesh and Edward, who has forwarded us the sad news below, were
the two youngest members of the Chiangmai Reunion. They were called upon
several times during the next 3 days to present their younger views on
our reunion activities. Both did a tremendous job.
It is certainly very sad to hear of Shasheesh. I feel for his family. In
between receiving the sad news and writing this note, as I tap away on
my keyboard, I am fighting the pins and needles trying to escape from
the ends of my fingers signifying that even with persons we did not grow
up with, the intangible connection we all share, is never going to go
away. I cannot even begin to imagine how the persons who actually shared
more time with him during his 39 years, as compared to my short 2 hours
on that flight, actually are feeling today. My heart reaches out to one
and all of you.
Ashok Sadhwani ('71)
Condolence messages and feelings expressed by the community:
Armen Lucas wrote on Sept. 30th
My very deepest condolences on this tragic news.
With heartfelt sympathies,
Armen John Lucas.
NP 1952 to 1959
Message from Ken
Pearce forwarded by Andrew
Raschid on Sept. 30th
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: FW: North Pointer Shasheesh Prasad '82 batch
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 15:07:30 EDT
This is very sad news indeed. Shasheesh was also an Old
Paulite. As you know he was the architect in charge of the
project of the construction of the reservoirs. He was an
absolutely charming chap. I am a little overwhelmed by the
Julius and I met him in 2003 and I again had an opportunity to
have a long chat with him on our visit last year when both
he and his very beautiful wife joined us for lunch on the
Rectory lawn and our tour of the school on the Nostalgia Tour.
I think a couple of those photos were printed in the last
Newsletter. I only spoke to David Howard on Tuesday this week
and there was no mention of any problem. What a year this has
been as far as I am am concerned for deaths. Dreadful.
I shall drop the Spadgie chappie a line but need to get over
the emotion first.
Thanks for letting me know.
Paula Helfrich wrote on
Aloha and so sorry to hear. Heading into Burma in one hour and
don't know whether this phone will work. To BKK Oct 11 to 15. Bless
Pradhan wrote on Sept. 30th
I knew Shasheesh quite well - I am an architect and a NP aluminus.
I had met him often and learned a lot from his incredible
enthusiasm and vast knowledge of practicing architecture in the
hills. I left for the Netherlands after which i moved to New York
- I was in Gangtok (my hometown) for 1 year in between where we
met again and he helped us (the Architects of Sikkim) organise a
series of workshops and exhibition which was loosely based on a
similar venture he had undertaken in Darjeeling a few years prior
I am quite shocked to hear this - I knew from another friend who
had worked for him that he was unwell and that the doctors had not
been able to identify what was wrong with him - i was aware that
his condition was not very good but - it is indeed very sad to
hear of this.
I am returning to Gangtok soon and was looking forward to meeting
him and discussing architecture, building and urban planning in
the hills. I will miss him.
Thank you for passing on the information.
Really sad on hearing about Shasheesh. He was a batch junior to
me, and I knew him as the kid brother of Devesh who was with me.
I've been to their home in Darj so many times to play our games
of childhood years with Devesh and him.
If there is any email contact of the family, do let us know so
that we may over our condolences. Somehow, it feels like a
little part of my childhood has died.
NP batch of '81
Ashok Malhotra wrote
on September 30, 2006
It is with great sadness that I read this e-mail of the
tragic demise of Shasheesh Prasad. I cannot claim to have known
him at all, because we never met, yet there feels a closeness
At that age, it is tragic.
I pray for the family to bear this irreparable loss, and
peace to the departed soul.
Ashok Malhotra ('73)
Pradhan wrote on September 30,
I was shocked to hear about Shasheesh this morning. I never
met him although both of us wanted to do so for many years -
being in the same profession and practicing in almost the same
region. I had heard so much about him and seen a few of his
projects in Sikkim. I always admired his works as they
represented what I have always stated were the true
'Darjeeling' architecture. In his passing away Darjeeling has
lost the most important individual who was dedicated in
preserving the true ethos of its physical heritage and
identity. I only hope there well be others in the field who
will continue the legacy that he established in his short
professional life. May his soul rest in peace. My personal
condolence to his bereaved family.
Narendra Pradhan (62)
Ronnie D'Costa wro
te on September 30,
Really sorry to hear about Shasheesh . I never
met him but with your description , I am sorry that I did
not. He is an inspiration to us from the family of Jesuit
St Joseph's College Univ dept 1965 -1968
President Jesuit Alumni Association of India
I had the privilege to interact with Shasheesh for the first
time at the Federation of Jesuit Alumni Association of India
in Darj some years ago and the last year during his trip to
cal in connection with the Darjeeling festival. Simply a
My heart and prayers go to his family and the almighty.
Mukesh Mirchandani, NP`67 , Kolkata
Ravi Thapa wrote on Oct 1, 2006
I am saddened to be informed about the untimely demise of
Shasheesh Prasad. I join all his friends in sharing the
sorrow with his family and also in Prayer for the departed
spirit to find Peace. Please convey my condolences.
wrote on Oct 1, 2006
Thank you for letting us know about Shasheesh, though I
didn't know him personally, my parents were close to his
family. it goes without saying that his passing will
leave Darjeeling reeling, his vision and work inspired
many of us youngsters. My prayers are with his wife
Ranjeeta and his small children, and his parents...
wrote on Oct 1, 2006
Our condolences to
Shasheesh's family in this tragic hour. This is a
loss for North Point too and we all share in the
family's grief. I hope Fr. Van recovers from this
too (time is a healer). Ashok, is there any thing,
we North Pointers can do for the family?
Rajiv and Sanyukta Sharma,
wrote on Oct 1, 2006
It is indeed a tragedy that
such a young and enterprising North Pointer has
passed on beyond the boarders of the great
Himalayas. I do remember Shasheesh with a lot of
fondness having had the pleasure of having taught
him. Among the many memories that he left behind, I
do remember his enthusiasm and enterprising spirit
especially when it came to new plans, restructuring
and development. I can still recall his eye for
detail and his firm belief in the proper utilization
of space. It is with a heavy heart that I bid
farewell to him and pray for the peace of his soul
and may Almighty God give his family the strength to
bear this irreplaceable loss
Robert C S Wilson
Dubai School of Government
Tel: +9714 3293290 Fax: +9714 3293291
Dir: +9714 3175503 Cell:+97150 6442439
wrote on Oct 1, 2006
I am so sorry to hear of Shashi's untimely
passing. Though I do not know him, it is sad for
anyone to 'go over to the other side' but doubly
so when one is so young and at the cusp of success
of his dream. I do hope some one will carry on his
' bamboo project.' It is indeed a wonderful dream,
one thing us Asians have in abundance of
and which is endless replenishing itself.
DeSouza wrote on Oct
really comes as a shock to hear the sad news
of the demise of one of our own especially
having been born in Darjeeling especially the
son of Adjit who I knew personally, the owner
of the famous Adjit Mansions as one of the
oldest families in Darjeeling.
I met him and Ajay Edwards who came to the
Chiang Mai Reunion and we did have a long and
dedicated discussion about Darjeeling. We have
a saying in the mountains "that the God(s)
take to them whom they love the most", so with
a very sad heart and a deep loss especially to
his wife, the children and his relatives all
I have the courage to say and pray for his
soul is "May Shashi finally find the peace and
happiness which we here are seeking which I am
sure he has achieved (and while we are here
we will keep him in our thoughts and
Joaquim De Souza
NP School 1962-71
NP College 1972-1975
wrote on Oct
May God rest his soul.
A boy who grew into a man.
Chogyal Tshering La
wrote on Oct
Got a call from Purnima (Robert Wilson's
wife) this evening, saying that Shasheesh
was no more..just when she said that I had
lot's of schoolhood days flashing past
me..whole lot of rushes..but unable to
clearly edit the pieces together in
Just remembered..'when in college in
Calcutta ..had come up to Darj and as
usual we were planning to have a so called
'bash'...we had the music...we had the
crowd..but did not have the venue..and
that's when Shasheesh told me I could use
one of his vacant Hotels' near Ajit
Mansions in Chowrasta as the venue....and
as I write, the moments seem to be coming
back....I vaguely remember both of us
getting pooped during the HMI trek with
Siladitya Sanyal right in the back.....yes
he loved the art of origami..and in class
he had a fascination for vintage cars and
he used to spend a lot of time making and
painting them out of paper..He did give me
an Austin look alike which adorned my desk
at the study hall as my prized
possession...and finally if I'm not
mistaken we were both in Lanean
House.....Last we would have just bumped
into each other sometime in 1993...then
today I got this tragic news...
Our condolences are with the family and we
wish them strength during this trying
hour..and the North Point fraternity
has lost a great spaggy!
Chogyal Tshering La - batch of '82
Shasheesh's photo sent by Ken
Pearce forwarded by Andrew
Raschid on Oct. 1
Shasheesh is 5th
from the left, standing next to
(Kevin is on the end at the right -
with the cap)
Caption quoted by Ken to Andrew
Just dug out a
few photos from last year's tour.
You might want to pass them on, up to
Dickoo Nowroji wrote on Oct
This is really really sad.
Now I remember an Edwards and another
young guy with him (at the last
reunion).........I too talked to
Shasheesh but I cannot be sure. In any
case, my heartfelt condolences.
Someone, so young and going so soon.
Saud Sultan wrote on Oct
with great sadness that I read this
e-mail of the tragic demise of
Shasheesh my very deepest
condolences to his bereaved family
on this tragic news.
With heartfelt sympathies,
Roman Mukherjee wrote on Oct 4,
condolences to the passing away of
Shasheesh, a cornerstone of North
Though I did not know him
personally, he carries the North
Point spirit we all share and
treasure. He is one of us and we
chant the North Point chorus.
Daniel Rufus wrote on Oct 4,
It was very sad to
hear about Sashi. Although I did
not know him, I feel the pain that
one of our North Pointers have
left us so suddenly. My deepest
sympathies to his Family. God has
plans for him and he will
definitely be rewarded.
June 11, 2006
This is sad news for all of us but especially for Saikat and his mother,
Mrs. SenGupta, for the father, an alumnus of 1975 (Saikat is also an
alumnus but doing his Class 12 in Siliguri) Rajat Sen Gupta, died on
Sunday morning, June 11th, about 10:30 a.m. in his home in Mallaguri, a
suburb of Siliguri. Rajat was a record holder for the 100 mts. dash in his
last year in school and had become a renowned caterer throughout the
district. In fact he would have been scheduled to cater for the
international reunion next year. I spent much of Monday with the family
and returned again yesterday for the shrad ceremony. If anyone wishes to
send his condolences he could e-mail Saikat at the following address
or phone him
on his mobile 9232314248. North Point has lost one of its outstanding
alumni, always ready to serve the school and his local community in any
May his soul rest in peace,
To add to this my father, listed on your website as the oldest living
North Pointer, 94 1/2 x yrs passed away peacefully on Friday, 20 January
2006. Will send you a photo or two later. Sent by
4 More Spagies
Flown to the School in the Sky
Phillip Khan-Panni, London
It is with great regret that I report the passing
away of four greats from North Point. Although they did not all
overlap, all four were distinguished sportsmen in their day.
February 14, 2006
Michael Dutton was another superb
all-rounder, who was at North Point from 1940 to 1952. The eldest of
three brothers, Michael passed his Senior Cambridge School Cert in the
First Division, with three Distinctions. He was in the 1st
XI in Cricket and Hockey, and a top sprinter in the 100 and 200 yards,
as well as the Long Jump. A keen horseman, Michael rode in the races at
Lebong and Tollygunge (Calcutta), and did some show jumping too. He
worked briefly in Belfast, then became a tea planter in Assam, leaving
that to become a teacher when he married. He emigrated to Australia
around 1970. His wife, Hazel, died suddenly in 2003, and he never
recovered, dying on 14th February 2006 following an operation
for oesophagal cancer.
February 13, 2006
John Hendricks was at North Point from 1932
to 1940. An excellent Cricketer and all-round sportsman, he was of the
old school in more ways than one. He attended a couple of the NP
reunions in London, but ill health kept him away these past two or three
years. He left us on 13th February 2006, in Southampton,
where he had lived for some years. He leaves a widow. I dont have any
other information on him, but would be pleased to add it if someone
would care to send it to me at:
December 25, 2005
Zahid Faruque was one of three brothers who
were at North Point in the 40s. Although slight of build, he was in
the Cricket 1st XI in 49 and 50. He went on to qualify as
a mechanical engineer in the jute industry, joining a Scottish firm in
Dundee. In 1955 he joined the Adamjee Jute Mills in Narayanganj, E.
Pakistan, and briefly acted as technical advisor to Thailand when that
country erected a jute mill. From the late 60s until his death from
cancer on Christmas Day, 2005, he worked for the Faruque family
business, first in jute, then in cement, and was CEO of the company
manufacturing kraft paper bags for the cement industry. A regular at
the London Reunions, he leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.
I received a brief note from Iqbal
Faruque that his eldest brother, Zahid, passed away after a
brief illness. Zahid was before my time at North Point, but he
was a regular at our annual reunions in London, quietly
assertive and always pleasant company.
He will be missed.
Iqbal's address for condolences is:
13-A/1, 2nd Sunset Street, Phase II, Defence Housing Authority,
Karachi - 75500, Pakistan.
We tend to think of our school
friends as indestructible, and it is always a shock to read that
Zahid, Alan and others have passed on. But they live on in our
memories. Please remember them in your prayers.
December 18, 2005
Alan Moss was the younger brother of Ashley
and Audrey, and winner of the Depelchin Gold Medal, as the best
all-rounder (studies, sports and character) in 1949. In the school 1st
XI for Cricket, Football and Hockey, he was also selected for the Indian
Olympic Hockey Team, but had to pull out due to a cartilage operation.
In 1960 he left his job as Caltex Sales Manager to accompany his mother
to England, as she was dying from cancer. The following year he tried
for the priesthood and spent four years in a seminary in Spain. A
highly popular man at the London Reunions and wherever he went, Alan had
heart problems from the age of 37, and nearly died in 1999. He finally
left us on December 18th, 2005, and leaves a widow
(Antoinette) and daughter (Geraldine).
I have just received the following
e-mail from Jimmy Pyke:
I am sorry to let you know that
Alan Moss died last week in Hospital peacefully. Funeral
arrangements still awaited. I first met Alan when I joined NP in
1949. He was in the SC and was the leading sportsman in Darj.
Every time he stood at the crease, or the ball came to him, we
knew we were safe and ready for victory. He won the Depelchin
Gold Medal that year. It was said that had he remained in India
he could have played hockey for India.
He taught for a few years at NP before coming to UK. He was my
class teacher and awarded the "Best Handwriting Prize" to me
when I was 7 years old. I always told him that he needed
"glasses" as my handwriting (now) is terrible.
We met again some 30 years later and became close friends.
For "boys" of our generation, Alan was our "hero".
He leaves behind his lovely wife Antoinette, daughter Geraldine,
Condolence cards can be sent to Antoinette at 82 Corbins Lane
South Harrow Middlesex UK HA2 8EJ
Let me add that I knew Alan at
school and in London, where he was also a regular at our
reunions. A fund of jokes and stories, he was kind, supportive
and a terrific friend. I knew he had been ill for some time, but
hoped he would survive.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
UJJWAL JOSHI ('98 Batch)
('99 batch) writes on December 30, 2005
Dear Fellow North
With much grief, I inform you that one of our fellow brother Ujjwal
Joshi, old boy '98 passed away on the Christmas day. He met with a
gruesome bike accident while on his way to Mysore from Bangalore. He
along with a friend (Pramod) were in a bike which collided with a
Ujjwal was always a jolly fellow and had a heart for photography. He
was working for Progeon, an Infosys company as a trainer.
He is from Darjeeling and his friend who passed away along with him is
Pramod's last rites was held in Mysore and Ujjwal's was held in
I request all fellow North Pointers to remember them in your prayers
for their souls to rest in peace and also for their families in this
time of grief, so that they receive strength from the almighty.
Daryanani writes on January 1, 2006
Please convey our condolences to Ujjwal and Promod families from
fellow North Pointers from
We pray for his soul.
Monday, August 15, 2005
REV. FR. EDWARD McGUIRE (FACULTY)
Picture discovered on the internet by Pranta Das
Fr. Van writes on
August 15, 2005
Just a short note to inform you that about an hour ago Fr. Ed McGuire died
unexpectedly from a massive heart attack in his school, Gandhi Ashram in
Kalimpong. He would have had his 78th birthday on Sept. 25th. Please pray for
the repose of his soul.
It is with great sadness that I receive this news. He was
one of the persons I have always admired in this world, he taught me to
smile in the face of difficulties.
Please accept my condolences and convey it to the
Community, especially the children, for whom the shock must be greater.
May his soul rest in peace.
Ashok Mirchandani, NP 57-68, 69-72
We are sieged with grief, sorrow and anguish to hear of the untimely
demise of Fr Ed. Though I had not been acquainted with him, any loss to
the North Point Community is a loss to us. Please convey our heartfelt
sympathies to his near and dear ones and may the Almighty give his
family members the North Point Community, courage, strength and
fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May his Noble Soul rest in
writes on August 15, 2005
Dear Fr. Van,
I was deeply saddened at hearing of our loss, the passing of Fr. McGuire
(may his soul rest in peace). He was an inspiration to me and many others
and will be sadly missed. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to his
family, the Community and his students.
It is with great sadness and anguish to
hear of the untimely demise of Fr Ed. Though I had not been
acquainted with him, any loss to the North Point Community is a loss
to us. Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to his near and dear
ones and may the Almighty give his family members the North Point
Community, courage, strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable
loss. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace.
May his soul rest in peace.
writes on August 16, 2005
Thank you for the news of Fr McGuire, and apologies for mis-spelling
his name first time around.
On behalf of the London alumni, let me express our sorrow at the
passing of a man who gave a significant part of his life to
North Point and the spiritual development of those who knew him
I think I remember him from the mid '50s. If I have the right
man, he was always agreeable and had a way of fitting in with
those around him.
On a personal note, he shared the same birthday as myself, so I
shall certainly remember him every 25th September from now on.
We shall certainly offer a prayer for his soul.
Shrestha writes on August 16, 2005
Sorry to hear of Fr. McGuire's unexpected passing.
He will be sorely
missed. May his soul know eternal peace
Pranta Das writes on
August 16, 2005
Here's a picture of Fr. Ed McGuire (though I never
met him), I found on the Gandhi Ashram School website:
It was only a few weeks ago in Thailand when we were talking
about Ed Mcguire and the wonderful work he was doing in
Kalimpong. I have the fondest memories of him when we were
privileged to have him in NP. Please accept my deepest and
heartfelt condolences on the loss of a dearly beloved
servant of Jesus.
Thanks for the link to the photo and the site. I had seen
parts of a documentary feature some years back while
surfing the satellite channels available here in Africa,
and it was about the Ashram. I just did not know that it
was founded and run by Fr McGuire. You have answered one
lingering question lurking in my mind, as to who was
behind such a noble undertaking. I had stopped surfing as
soon as I recognised the hills, but I had missed a lo of
the documentary. You have given the link so that we can
now get info as to who was behind the documentary, as it
was excellent, and a tribute to the work of the Ashram. I
have always wanted to see it fully, now maybe we can get
the info for all who want to see his work.
Joaquim DeSouza writes on
August 18, 2005
Father Ed Mcguire who was in the school in 1968 passed
away a few days ago. Fr. Hank Nunn sent me an e mail
with the sad news. I do not know if you remember him
but he loved walking down to Singla. Father McGuire
died of a sudden heart attack a couple days ago. He
got into taking bazaar kids and teach them classical
Western music and did very well. I understand he even
took them on concert tours to Europe. If I am not
mistaken he used to be Sub Prefect for LD.
Please could you pass on the sad news and May His Soul
Rest in Peace
Joaquim DeSouza NP 1962 -1975
writes on August 20, 2005
Fr. Mcguire has passed away. PBS ran this segment
On behalf of all the GYALPO Brothers please
convey our belated but sincere condolences to
all family relatives, friends and colleagues of
All of us were reminded about him by this sad
writes on August 21, 2005
Sorry to hear about Father McGuire. Our prayers
are with him.
Would like to hear some more about him in next
writes on August 24, 2005
I note the passing away of Fr McGuire with
deepest regret and will definitely say a prayer
for him. I will always remember with great
It is with great regret and sadness to hear of
Fr. McGuire's death.
I remember a story about him that I thought
I'd share. In 1968 when Fr. McGuire was
prefect there was an art teacher,
O B Pradhan. Everybody called him Bhutto,
which really annoyed him. One day he got so
upset that he called in Fr.
McGuire to deal with it. Father McGuire spoke
to the class in real stern words and issued
warnings etc. However, on
his way out he was heard to mutter, " I don't
see what the problem is - they call me Maggoo
and I don't mind."
We will remember him in our prayers.
April 25, 2005
GEORGE DUTT (1980
Chris Mansukhani of 1981 batch writes
on April 25, 2005
There was an unfortunate incident in which George Dutt of 1979 or 1980 alumni
passed away. It was a road traffic accident.
I want the school to put it on their site so that
his class mates and old friends are aware of the same.
of 1971 College writes on April 26, 2005
It is sad that George passed away. I am not his contemporary but as
an ex North Pointer I am hurt with this bit of news. It is as if my brother
has passed away. May his soul rest in peace and may God give his family the
courage to bear his loss. Please convey my condolences to the family. "Dust
unto dust under dust to lie Sans wine, sans song, sans friends, sans end"
Aumit Raye (College 1968-71)
Supratim Sen writes on April 27, 2005
George was my batchmate and we belonged to the 1980 class. It's really sad, he
was so much fun.
Supratim Sen (BULL)
XMLstar India Pvt Ltd
Chris Mansukhani of 1981 batch writes
on April 28, 2005
George passed away in Italy, his family is in Kolkata at the moment,
and anyone interested in conveying their condolences should call his brother
Michael at 9831025433.
Joydeep Chakravartti writes on
April 29, 2005
This is in response to Father Vans
email in which he mentioned that George Dutt (Alumnus 1980) passed away
recently. As Father Van has asked that anyone who knew George email you with
information, here are my recollections.
George was my first cousin
and we were very close. He was in class 9 when I was in class 6 in 1979 so it
was a great thing to have an elder brother in the same school. It did keep me
out of trouble with a lot of boys who were aware of this so it was quite
George and I played a bit of
music together after leaving NP. He was a talented musician who could play ANY
instrument. I merely played the drums to keep him company. He then married an
Italian girl and migrated to Italy in the early 90s. I have not met him for
more than 10 years. His death came as a shock as he was only 43. He was just
crossing the road and was hit by a car. He left behind a wife and two
beautiful daughters. May his soul rest in peace.
writes on April 29, 2005
Although I don't know Geroge but the bonding is there, as we all are North
Pointers. May his soul rest in peace and the good lord give his family the
courage to overcome this great loss.
writes on April 29, 2005
Thanks for the message. Its very sad to hear about a fellow North Pointer
passing away. May his soul rest in peace.I am a North Pointer of the
94 Batch and am currently working with Larsen and Toubro Ltd in Mumbai..
I will pass on this message to the other North Pointers I am in touch
March 8, 2003
North Pointer '63 to '71
Rajesh Poddar writes on March 8th
2003This is to give you the sad news that our classmate
Prithiviraj Mohanty (Tito) passed away yesterday morning due to a massive heart
attack which he suffered in the bathroom.
Fr. Van writes on
March 10, 2003
Rajesh Poddar has just informed me of the death of Prithiviraj
Mohanty on March 8th from a massive heart attack. I have sent through him my
condolences to the family and have asked Rajesh to write an obituary for the
website. I hope he will do that soon.
(North Pointer '61 to '71) writes on March 10, 2003
It is with great sorrow that I wish to inform the rest of the NP members that
our dear friend and school mate of NP '71 batch- Prithiviraj Mohanty - Age 48
passed away at 8 am on 8th March 2003 at Calcutta. He had gone to Calcutta to
see his father who had just recovered from a severe heart attack and he himself
succumbed to a massive heart attack in the toilet on the morning of 8th March.
He was gone in a flash and when they broke open the door of the toilet they
found him dead. Such is life. We have all lost a dear friend. He will be
remembered by all the '71 batch and his warm heart and jovial manner will remain
with us for as long as we live. Sursum Corda. What can I say. I used to speak to
him at least once a week on Sunday and now the phone has gone dead for ever. God
Thanks for the posting.
I am just catching up on my e-mails as the last few days have been unbelievable.
I am still in shock as I was there a week ago (for my Dad's attack) and had
spent a lot of time with Titu which I am grateful for. In fact we even discussed
your 25th which he mentioned.
Anyway, he is sorely missed by his wife Tanu, his daughter Priya, our parents
and all of the many family, friends and other north pointers who have been
sending their condolences.
Prithviraj (Tito) is sorely missed by his wife Tanu, his daughter Priya, his
mother, father and me and my family. Funeral services were held in Calcutta and
a memorial service in Cuttack where he lived for the past 15 to 20 years. We all
remember him fondly as someone who lived life to the fullest with a bright and
jovial outlook at all times. Thank you all for the kind thoughts and support
offered from the many family members, friends and fellow North Pointers.
93 Alberta Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Devraj Mohanty (Cat) '72
- younger brother of Prithiviraj (Tito)
Messages from North
Pointers and Loreto girls
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Titu's untimely death.
He was in school with me from 1964 and then we went on to college together. We developed a deep and long lasting
friendship and though we drifted apart after college whenever we met the connection was always there.
I knew I had a friend. He introduced me to one of my major loves--Music. He was a solid chap, warm , kind, a great friend.
I'll miss you old chap. May your soul rest in peace.
Sudhir Jaggi 1971 batch
Please convey my condolences to his family
I was very sad to hear the bad news. I remember Tito as always having a
smile on his face and always being a gentleman. May he rest in peace.
It is with sadness I read the passing of Prithiviraj Mohanty. I will remember
him in my prayers. May he abide and rest with God for ever!
Very sorry to hear about P. Mohanty's (Tito) passing away. He
will be deeply remembered by us. May his family find all the
strength they need to bear with his untimely loss.
So sorry to hear about Mohanty's demise.... I remembered him so well
Did he leave behind a family ? I hope they will be taken care
of... Again my sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.....
Mukesh Gupta ('75)
Thank you for sharing this sad information with us. Please express our
family's condolence to Mohanty's family.
heartfelt condolences to Titos family on the tragic news of his sudden death.
Being in almost the same year as my naughty batch (72), I miss much mischief
and fun which we all indulged in, and Tito was definitely a part of this at some
in peace my friend.
LCD, 72 batch
January 11, 2003
(N.P. College 1964 to 1968)
To all North Pointers. Saturday, 11th January 2003
at about 4 p.m
Dara used to suffer from diabetes and added to this he was suffering from high
temperature for the previous two days.There was no signs of the impending,
however massive heart attack. In fact, his last words to his wife Jeroo were
"I am alert"
Dara is fondly remembered at North Point as the
faithful 'ringer of the bell' of the Xavier Hostel and they say that the only
time the bell did not ring to wake us up in the morning was when Amrit
Kuruvilla robbed the bell and hung it from a rope on top of the main
building.Fr.John Whellan's scream of "What's happened to Dara? "
woke us up that day fifteen minutes late.
I suppose now Dara will get back to his duty of
being John Whellan's bell ringer where ever all ' good ' Xavier Hostel inmates
will finally reach.
May his soul rest in peace.
You may send your condolences to Jeroo Mody, c/o
Syndicate bank, Bistupur, Jamshedpur-831001.
Above Comments by Ronny
D'Costa on April 9, 2003
Just to let you know that Brig.Malcolm deSouza
of the Indian Army and
ex North Pointer expired in Poona India on the
5th September 2002 at the age of 81 years. Stan,
You said that you knew him for your days at NP.........Ivan
Thank you, Ivan, for letting us know of Malcolm de
Souza's demise. Yes, I remember him well, and turned to the photograph of the
cadet corps on page 82 of my book and picked him out. I saw him just once
after we left school, and did not know how life had treated him until a couple
of months ago when two sisters, a Dr Marian de Souza and a Jo de Souza,
emailed me orders for my book. I asked them if they knew of Malcolm, and
they revealed that they were indeed related. And I later met Marian at the
international conference on Anglo-Indians held last month in Melbourne and at
which I presented a paper.
Above comments by Ivan
Marian told me that Malcolm was in a
retirement home in Pune. She stopped over at Pune on her way to the UK to
speak at a conference and showed him her copy of my book. She said that
Malcolm took possession of it and would not let it go! And she told me later
that Malcolm had been admitted to hospital suffering with pneumonia. I had not
realised at the time that he was so ill.
If I remember right, Malcolm joined the Garhwalis,
but I had no idea that Malcolm had risen to the exalted rank of Brigaider.
Thanks for letting me know of his death. Tess and I will remember him in our
JIM (JOCK) MCKENZIE
JIM (JOCK) MCKENZIE - a good sportsman from the 1938 -1940 era died in
Melbourne in July and was buried on the 9th July.
The funeral was attended by North Pointers Dudley Beeby and Robert
(Bobby) Dunne. Jim represented the College in all sports in the first eleven.
He served in the Indian Navy during the war and retired as a Lieutenant
Commander and came and settled in Australia.
There is a memorable letter from him in an "Old Boys Corner" of a
wartime North Point Annual in which he refers to his visit to the church
in Bandra Bombay.
Above comments by Douglas Augier,
JACK VAZ (Faculty 1946 - 1987)
sad bit of news was received on Oct.8th. Mr. Jack Vaz who taught here
from 1946 until 1987 passed away in
. He suffered his first heart attack at home in Goa but when he revived, his son
Mario who is a medical doctor at St. John`s in Bangalore flew him to Bangalore
for better treatment. For a couple of days he seemed to be fine. On the 8th
in the evening they decided that the next day they would take an angiogram.
After a light supper during which he was in a very joyful mood, his family
members went home. But soon they were recalled as he was suffering his second
and fatal attack.
Many of you would have benefited from
his meticulous teaching and correction of homework. He loved North Point and so
we were overjoyed when he accepted our invitation last year to return for our
millennium alumni reunion in May. During his long and dedicated service in North
Point, he taught in nearly all the classes, was for a time Headmaster of the
Primary and handled admissions into the lower classes, a most arduous task. He
even taught in our Night College which catered for a time to those who had to
work every day yet wanted to further their own academic qualifications. He was
always guided by what would be best for the school and its true spirit. Once
someone tried to bribe him for an admission and he was most upset mainly because
the fellow did not understand that North Point was not that kind of school. Its
spirit and reputation could not be allowed to be tarnished in this way. He was a
man of complete integrity and raised his own family to live with the same high
principles. I always looked upon him as one of the great pillars of North Point
and his spirit will live on here for generations to come. R.I.P.
Above comments by Fr. Van
JUPITER YAMBEM (Student)
New York Times Report on October 27, 2001
Holding On to India
Jupiter Yambem was born and raised on the other
side of the world, in the remote state of
Manipur in the northeast corner of India. At the age of 21 he came to the United States and promptly took up a career in some of New
York City's most famous restaurants, including the Rainbow Room and then Windows on the World, where he worked as a banquet manager.
even as he planted hardy roots here marrying a woman from Syracuse, settling down in Beacon, N.Y.,
joining an environmental group dedicated to protecting
the Hudson River, becoming friends with Pete Seeger, signing on as
assistant coach for his 5-year-old son Santi's soccer team Mr. Yambem, 41, held fast to his Indian past.
Retaining his Indian citizenship, he co-founded the North American Manipur
Association, a small group of Manipur families
that sought to promote and preserve the culture of their homeland over
He had two purposes, said his
wife, Nancy Yambem. He wanted his son to know something
of his heritage " to see the dances and hear the music and taste the food". But he also wanted to
construct a bridge, however modest, between two
vastly different cultures. The
strands of Mr. Yambem's life came together at his memorial service. His friends gathered at Beacon Riverfront
Park on the banks of the Hudson River. They
had a potluck dinner and Mr. Seeger sang "Turn, Turn, Turn." Later, they released hundreds of small paper
boats onto the river, each with a candle
inside. Mr. Yambem's ashes were returned to Manipur and scattered over
Fr. Van comments - September 24, 2001
Many things have happened since. The main thing is what happened to one of our
alumni, Jupiter Yambem,NP`75, who lost his life in the World Trade Towers on
Sept.11th, the very day of my letter. He was the Senior Manager of a
restaurant chain. He happened to be on the 107th floor in the office of the
famous Windows on the World Restaurant when the hijacked plane hit. His first
thought apparently was for the safety of all the staff and workers and he was
the last to leave but didn`t make it. The body was found on 15th, amazingly
intact. Our hearts go out to his wife, Nancy, and his
young five year old son, in their tragic loss. The commemorative service will
be held on the 29th September, 4pm. at Beacon river front park. If
anyone wants to attend please call Nancy
his wife at (917) 270-3296. Please note it is the 29th and not the 30th.
If any of you are close enough to attend this as
representatives of the world wide North Point Alumni Association it will be
much appreciated. Monishi Sanyal epitomized the life and spirit of Jupiter for
me in the anecdote about the Sports Day Long Jump in 1975. Apparently to the
chagrin of the groundsman, he overleapt the pit, so more digging was required.
In the next jump he even overleapt that. Jupiter never did things half
heartedly but put himself totally into each enterprise he undertook. That
North Point spirit that filled him was still evident in his tragic end. R.I.P.
Anniversary Prayer Service held in Darjeeling on September 6th, 2002.
TW Shakabpa, NP class of 1959 passed away in
October of 1992. TW & his brothers KN Shakabpa 1953, TN Shakabpa 1959 were
one of the first students to attend St. Joseph's School from Lhasa, where their
father was the protege of the Regent of Tibet. After graduating from George
Washington University, TW married Norzin Tsarong Mt. Hermon 1964, and have two
sons Jigme Shakabpa & Paljor Shakabpa both North Pointers. TW is remembered
for his gregarious personality, sportsmanship and a heck of a boxing champ
unrivaled and unbeaten even by the Lebong Army Boxers. Some of his
classmates and contemporaries are Arnold Mckenzie, Fr. Van, Maurice
Banerjee, Palden Gynatshang, Paljor Dorji, Boya Mohindar, Kamal Meattle & a
ton of others. He was actively involved with school affairs founding a private
school and director of a movie theatre. A patriot of his country, he comes from
a family who has served the Tibetan Government for generations and whose father
Tsepon Shakabpa, in his memoir of "Tibet: A Political History" has
left an indelible legacy for the Tibetan people in the current face of Tibet's
Courtesy: Tibetan Youth Congress