Goa paid tribute to one of its most famous sons --- fashion designer
Wendell Rodricks (59) on Thursday evening, a day after his sudden death.

Rodricks was buried after a mass in Konkani, at the scenic riverfront
church of Colvale --- his ancestral village in northern Bardez.

A who's who of personalities from the business, literary, political, art,
fashion and environment circles attended the rites.

His partner of many years --- the French origin Jerome Marrel, broke into
tears, while his younger brother paid a deep tribute to the man who brought
up their family from humble origins in Bombay.

Earlier in the day, the All India Radio FM channel highlighted the
achievements of
 Wendell's work as a designer, writer, green campaigner and winner of the
nation's Padma Shri honour and a French award too.

Wendell was on the cusp of launching what is to be India's first costume
museum --- the Moda Goa in a 450 year house in Colvale. It is understood to
be just weeks away from completion and launch in March.

Wendell was known to be an avid supporter of many a Goan cause and went out
of his way to encourage what he felt were good causes in diverse fields.

Pamela D'Mello
Cell 9850 461649

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