RODRIGUES, Dr. Francis Michael Rodrigues (Nap) - Passed away peacefully at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 87.
Beloved husband of 53 years to Dr. Jeanette Rodrigues, loving father of Dr. Callista Phillips (Trevor) Patricia Fernandes (Eustace), Jean Mascarenhas (Joseph) and cherished grandfather of David, Ruth, Annamarie & Sarah. Dearest brother of Queenie Carvalho.
Francis (Nap) was born in Belgaum, India. He completed his school education at St. Vincent School, Pune and continued to support his alma mater. Junior College education was at Ness Wadia & medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune. He went on to get his PhD from the University of Pune & his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Berkeley, earning the 'Delta Omega' for outstanding performance.
As head of the Department of Epidemiology at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, he led many viral epidemic teams across India. He was on the WHO smallpox eradication commission in India & was also a leading expert on rabies. He received accolades & prestigious government awards for his work in this field.
After retirement, he was honoured with an Emeritus Scientist designation at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
He was a man of principles, well respected, loved and admired by all who knew him. He led a full life, was an avid sportsman having represented his college & university team in hockey & soccer. He was also a movie buff & had a rich singing voice. He left a great legacy and will be dearly missed. "The song has ended, but the melody lingers on."
Everyone is invited to a memorial visitation at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville on Tuesday April 24th from 2-4 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday April 25th at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga at 10:30am followed by a reception in the parish hall.
If desired, donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to TREWO - Roofs Seniors Fund or the Palliative Care Unit at Credit Valley Hospital..