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Mangalore bids tearful adieu to Wilfy Rebimbus
Published Date: 12 Mar, 2010 (8:57 AM)

By:  Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
Photographs:  Violet Pereira

Also read: He was an Inspiration -M'loreans pay tribute




"One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death thou shalt die." - John Donne, 'Death be not proud'

Mangalore March 11, 2010: On his final journey Shri Wilfy Rebimbus was not alone.  A multitude of people flocked to the St. Joseph's Seminary between 2 pm and 4 pm on Thursday, March 11th 2010, to pay their respectful homage to the Konkan Kogul who had carved a special niche for himself in the hearts of the Mangalorean people.  Amidst the people gathered around him, there was the expected feeling of terrible loss, on the passing away of one of Mangalore's greatest musical legends. 

Funeral Arrangements

The Mangalore police provided ample security on the roads leading to the venue and at the venue itself and despite the crowds, a fitting decorum was maintained throughout.  Due to the ongoing road concretisation works between Kankanady and Jeppu, vehicle users had been priorly requested to park their vehicles at the Jeppu compound grounds, Jeppu workshop and Infant Mary primary school premises. 

The spacious grounds of the St. Joseph's Church, Jeppu were filled with over five thousand chairs, and almost every one of them was occupied by the time the funeral service commenced.  Impeccable arrangements had been made by the United Youngsters group. Leslie Rego efficiently convened the program from start to finish.   Volunteers dressed in black and white, guided the people and maintained order throughout.  Vast Shamiana's loomed over the chairs and provided much needed shade from the blazing sun. Occasionally, a cool breeze blew across the ground, giving welcome respite from the heat.  The strategically placed speakers ensured that the angelic voices of the choir members were carried to every corner in just the right decibels.  As the scent of flowers pervaded the air and the candles flickered in the evening light, people walked in an orderly line to touch Wilfyab and bid adieu to him one last time.




On Familiar Ground

The St. Joseph's Seminary and Jeppu Church were as close to Wilfyab's heart as any of his most prized possessions.  This was the place where he spent most of the 67 years of his life.  Fruitful years that gave rise to the legend he was.  Within the Jeppu vicinity Wilfyab spent his childhood and lived his youthful dreams.  It was at the Jeppu Compound that he founded the ‘United Youngsters' and formed his earliest known friendships, many of which endured until the end.  It was only rightful that his mortal remains would be laid to rest at the Jeppu Cemetery.

The Funeral Mass

The funeral mass commenced at sharp 4 pm on the Jeppu Church premises.  The altar was orderly arranged below the impressive steeples of the 130 year old St. Joseph's Church.  Mangalore Diocesan Bishop Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza lead the high  mass assisted by the concelebrants.  A total of 73 priests graced the altar.  Fr. Victor Machado who has known Wilfy since his youth, rendered a beautiful homily at the memorial mass.  Rev. Fr. Gerald Lobo, Bishop of Shimoga also graced the solemn occassion with his presence.
The Choir sang poignant melodies that lent just the right touch of solemnity to the occasion.  The songs were a witness to Wilfy's life and sung by his closest friends from the United Youngsters group.  Music stalwarts like Melwyn Peres, Claud, Babita, Prem all lent their voices in beautiful renditions of Wilfy's very own lyrics.


Touching eulogies were given by Bishop Aloysius D'Souza, Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Dr. Edward Nazareth and Fr. Denis D'Sa.  All of them spoke of Wilfyab's humane qualities, his charitable gestures to the needy and the respect with which he lived his life by following the dictates of the gospel.  His life, they said was a celebration and a song and the most memorable gift the people of Mangalore could give Wilfyab was to continue his legacy and to make his unfulfilled dreams come true.

After the service, in a moving tribute to her father, Veena Rebimbus thanked each and every person who had been a help to the family during her father's illness and stay in the hospital.  She also specially thanked the doctors and nursing staff at the Fr. Mullers Hospital, Mangalore for taking extraordinary care of Wilfyab.

Farewell at the Jeppu Cemetery

Led by the band's soulful tunes, Shri Wilfy Rebimbus's hearse was taken to the Jeppu Cemetery at 6 pm.  At the Jeppu cemetery, he was tearfully seen off by his beloved wife and lifelong confidante Meena, son Vishwas and daughter-in-law Charleen, Daughter Veena and son-in-law Arthur and his loving grandchildren.  Flanked by family and friends and bedecked with the sweet fragrance of flowers, Wilfyab made his final departure from the place he loved the best, his hometown Mangalore.  

Shri Wilfy Rebimbus will be sorely missed by his family, friends and adoring fans but to the people of Mangalore there is some consolation to be gained from the fact that death has not conquered him fully.  Our Wilfyab will live forever, in the musical legacy he has left behind.    





He was an Inspiration -M'loreans pay tribute

Wilfy Rebimbus - The Voice Lives on!

Wilfyab forever in my heart...

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Stany & Mabel Almeida, New Zealand Apr 25, 2010
We shocked heard about this bad news,God give him Rest in Peace,We miss him.
We lost one great konkani singer,no one be like him.
Our tears flown down when we saw photos of his last moment.
God bless him.
Stanley R,D' Costa, India Mar 16, 2010
We have lost a legend of Konkani Music creator, singer and protector. Nobody can fill his place ever. Let the god almighty help his bereaved family to bear wilfys absence.
Lobo Walter, Canada Mar 14, 2010
Konkanni Voice Manesth RIP-Wilfy,
Never ever forget the simple melody of Konkanni soul. You touched every one of us!
For Catholics,Jesus is Christmas night, so... Konkanni means........Wilfy nite.....!
Wency Fernandes, India Mar 13, 2010
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Wilfyab. Though been an Mangalorean I had never had an opportunity to see his nite's but was most fascinated for his songs specially the lyrics. The last Wilfy Nite I saw was in Abu Dhabi when he along with his family and troupe had been to Abu Dhabi. Though Wilfyab must have left for his heavenly abode but he will be back very soon. I don't know how but he will be back. This is my feeling. Now Vishwas you have to follow the legacy where your father had left. My prayers will always be with you all.
Mario Rebello, Kuwait Mar 13, 2010




Rodney D'souza, India Mar 12, 2010
Dear Meenabai, Vishwas & Veena,

I am deeply shocked to hear about the sad demise of the Konkani legendry singer Wilfyab.

My deepest sympathies and condolences are with you.

I just remember one of his songs from the movie Mog Ani Mypas and the name of the song is Mog Tuzo Kithlo Ashelon, which is one of my favourite song.

Uncle Wilfy we will all miss you, miss your songs.

We pray that God grant you eternal peace in his heavenly kingdom
Arty, UAE Mar 12, 2010
The Photographs in are worth a mention. They look professional, crispy and clear.
Arun S. D'Souza, India Mar 12, 2010
Dear Mangalorean.Com team,

Superb and splendid efforts on your part. It is really very kind and notable on your part to bring this coverage to millions who could not be present in person for the rites. Please keep this tempo & spirit going it gives every Mangalorean the support that we have a voice for all of us.
For the departed soul I would like to say a few words:

A voice was born to pen a song,
then that voice sang the song.
He kept on penning many more songs,
giving his voice to light those songs.
The songs were sung on and on...
making us tap our feets till they went on.
Today that vocie has left those songs,
to sing the songs in his masters house.
We are now left to sing these songs,
to keep the osngs going on and on....

A small tribute from me and my family to this great soul who took KONKANI to where it stands today. God bless his soul and grant him eternal peace in his kingdom.

Arun S. D'Souza & Fly (Kadri/Thottam)
Valson Mendonsa, USA Mar 11, 2010
This is heart- breaking and great loss to our community, the creator Konkani music no more with us but his music will live on... ring the doors all the times. Thanks to for news coverage.
Wellwisher, India Mar 11, 2010
Dear Vishwas...
It was with a great sense of loss when we heard of your dad’s death. We wanted to let you know that you have our greatest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened.
Your dad was more than just a wonderful person; he was always so kind and considerate. And, we know that his passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him.
Your dad will always remain within our hearts, and we have included him, you and your whole family in our prayers. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this loss.
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.
With our deepest sympathy,
Your Well-wisher...
Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, India Mar 11, 2010
Well in order, tribute as well as the report.

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Max & Jessie Rasquinha, USA Mar 11, 2010
Thank you so much for sharing with us all the detailed news of Wilfy's demise and the funeral ceremony. It is painful and emotional to watch our dear friend resting so serenely and peacefully in his casket while his family and the Konkany world has lost a hero of our time. We are so far far away yet with your excellent media you have made it so easy for us to watch from a distance and spend a few minutes in silent prayer. May Wilfy rest in peace.
judithvas, India Mar 11, 2010
Thank you for showing the funeral ceremony in clear photoes.

Yes I realy miss his songs which I could listen in my childhood.

He was a great singer!
I liked his songs very much.
now he has left us only just memories!

May god grant him the eternal rest and consolation to his family members!

Missing you.... in this world Mr. Wilfy r. and your voice...

paying for his soul....

thank you
Jerome Pinto, Bendur, India Mar 11, 2010
Thank you for this extensive and prompt coverage of dear wiflys departure from this world. We will miss you dear Wilfy. May you rest in peace.
Wilson Pinto, USA Mar 11, 2010
With deepest sympathies to his family members, i salute wilfy'aab as we bid adios and hope and wish that his musical legacy may live on for generations. Thanks to the website managers for giving us the glimpses.
Lancy Madtha, UAE Mar 11, 2010
Respected & its dedicated team,
Your splendid efforts in reporting funeral coverage’s, oblique lucid pictures are delightful.

We could express and widen sympathies by conveyance of floral; as our last owed respect for this day to Late Sri. Wilfy Rebimbus and his beloved family.

The prodigy of Konkani – KONKAN KOGUL, Late Wilfyaab shall be remembered for our lifetime. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!

With hearty compassion:

The Management, entire team of Integrated Freight & Logistics LLC – Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE) & families.
Adolf Jayathilak, Qatar Mar 11, 2010
I grew up listening to his songs…
I became a so-called ‘singer’ singing his songs…
As a friend, a guide, a mentor he has been an inspiration in my life!
With his song in our hearts, I feel…. “He has gone but has never left us!!”

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