A trib­ute to Xavier Mo­raes


Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait Times staff mourn the sud­den and un­ex­pected loss of their col­league and friend, Xavier Mo­raes who served as an editor for the news­pa­per for more than 30 years.

I have known Xavier for more than 18 years; as a friend and a col­league who used to sit in his desk next to mine in the news­room. A cool, no-non­sense guy, I saw Xavier as a prac­ti­cal jour­nal­ist who never used to lose his cool even un­der ex­treme work pres­sure. He was an ac­tive mem­ber when we formed the Kuwait Asian Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KAJA) a few years ago. Prob­a­bly the qui­etest among the ed­i­tors in the of­fice, Xavier al­ways ra­di­ated that knowl­edge­able calm­ness. He will be missed and his mem­ory will live on. - Sa­jeev K Pe­ter

Al­though I have writ­ten a lot of ar­ti­cles, but writ­ing an epi­taph for a friend and col­league who - just few days ago was play­ing and jok­ing with us in the of­fice re­ally stag­gers my imag­i­na­tion. I wish I never got the call from his wife on this fate­ful Mon­day morn­ing about the demise of Xavier. I couldn’t call it an ‘April Fool’ - It is not April, and the voice was that of his lovely wife. I couldn’t stop ask­ing th­ese ques­tions What? How? and When? Pop­u­larly known as ‘Xavier Mo­raes X’ in the of­fice, Xavier was very unique and dif­fer­ent. He was so pas­sion­ate with what he did best: ‘Sports Pages’. He was kind - and above all faith­ful to God. May your gen­tle soul rest in per­fect peace. Adieu‘ Mr Xavier Mo­raes X’. - Chidi Em­manuel

We were good friends for 26 years since I joined Kuwait Times. He was a keen lis­tener and witty. We shared a lot of jokes and dis­cussed many is­sues re­lated to work and our fu­ture plans. He was an in­tro­vert and rarely dis­cussed his per­sonal life. Xavier was a real foodie and en­joyed good food. Xavier was ex­cel­lent with sports pages. Some­times his head­lines baf­fled me and I used to call him to con­grat­u­late him. He told me some months back that he was ready to call it a day af­ter be­ing around in Kuwait Times for 33 years. I will have fond mem­o­ries of him for some time around but from now he will be missed and we will never ever see him again. Good­bye Amigo, good­bye my friend. May God rest his soul in eter­nal peace. - Tony Coelho

Xavier was a very quiet guy. He joked once in a while, but he also of­fered the best ad­vice when nec­es­sary; I re­mem­ber when I was still submitting sports news on my first two years with the Kuwait Times, he was very par­tic­u­lar with how it should look par­tic­u­larly with pho­tos, very pro­fes­sional! He was such a bril­liant per­son to work with. The last joke we shared was only last week, he was still jolly and jok­ing; “Ben as if you didn’t see any­one,” he said while pass­ing by my desk, “Am I dead,” he asked again. Then I re­sponded with the usual apol­ogy, and I throw back a joke on him...that was it; our last day talk­ing to­gether as col­leagues. He’ll be missed! - Ben Gar­cia

I re­ally feel sorry to hear that he passed away. It’s been more than 12 years when I joined the Kuwait Times and he was here al­ready. We all got used to him, al­though he was very quiet guy and never re­mem­ber hear­ing him shout­ing or fight­ing with any­body. He was easy go­ing and al­ways help­ful when we needed help or sup­port. Rest in peace Mr. Xavier. - Nawara Fat­ta­hova

I work in the re­cep­tion desk, I al­ways see him daily, com­ing and go­ing out of the news­pa­per. But I was stunned last week when he said he was very tired and ready to go. I don’t re­ally un­der­stand what he meant by that but I knew, some­thing was wrong, prob­a­bly health wise... Xavier had this dis­tinct smile on his face; I no­ticed his si­lence the past days; so I asked why he seemed to be so quiet the past days, he said, he was tired and ready to go. - Marilyn Doroja

The most im­por­tant part of an editor’s job is to make his pages at­trac­tive to read­ers. The daily chal­lenge is to al­ways keep a ‘fresh’ look to the pages and give a rea­son for the reader to check the pa­per each morn­ing. Xavier, Kuwait Times’ long­time sports editor, did ex­actly that. In the age of up-to-date news and no­ti­fi­ca­tions that you can re­ceive in­stantly on your smart phone, giv­ing a fresh look for a printed news­pa­per’s sports pages be­comes a tall task, but one that did not stop our beloved col­league from ex­celling at what he did. I be­lieve it takes a great deal of pas­sion for what you do in or­der to achieve that goal. As a sports’ en­thu­si­ast whose morn­ing sched­ule in­cludes surf­ing through ESPN, Ya­hoo Sports and other web­sites, check­ing Kuwait Times’ sports pages has al­ways been a sta­ble on my early morn­ing to-do list. His work was just that pro­fes­sional. For that, and for his un­de­ni­able pas­sion, pure-hearted smile and un­mis­tak­able laugh, he will be missed. - Ah­mad Jabr

My in­ter­ac­tions with Xavier go back more than 30 years to the time he joined Kuwait Times as a young reporter. An ex­cel­lent foot­ball player and an ar­dent sports fan, he was al­ways an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in or­ga­niz­ing lo­cal games and matches for the com­mu­nity. It was only nat­u­ral that his en­thu­si­asm for sports would lead him to even­tu­ally be­come the Sports Editor of Kuwait Times. I will al­ways cher­ish the mem­o­ries of my time spent in his com­pany and deeply mourn his un­timely demise. May the Almighty grant that his soul Rest in Peace.

- N S Das

I was sad­dened by the pass­ing away of our col­league Mr Xavier. I have known him for nine years as a good col­league and a very good men­tor. Per­son­ally, I have known many jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors. But Xavier was com­pletely dif­fer­ent from oth­ers. As per editor-de­signer re­la­tions, Xavier was a ge­nius. I learnt a lot from him. He has a very good com­mand of his work. He was cool, calm and hard­work­ing. Dear Xavier, We miss you a lot sir. Our thoughts and prayers are al­ways with you. We ask God to grant your fam­ily all the sup­port and strength they need.”

- Lenin Po­li­neni

Xavier served the news­pa­per longer than any other editor in Kuwait Times his­tory. He was a quiet and thought­ful man who was al­ways pro­fes­sional and ded­i­cated to his work. His death is a sad and tragic loss. May his soul rest in peace. We of­fer our deep­est con­do­lences to his wife and fam­ily. He worked late and dili­gently and his mark on the news­pa­per will en­dure.

- Jamie Etheridge

He was a very unique, dif­fer­ent and a spe­cial man. You will be missed so much. May your soul rest in peace.

- Sahar Moussa

I came into of­fice yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, with many things on my mind, and the first per­son I saw was Is­lam, who told me right away, “he left us” I did not com­pre­hend what he said right away, so he men­tioned the name Xavier. Oh! It’s that time once again...a quiet, man­nered man, who al­ways bore with me when I give a late minute item, as he man­ages the sports page, many times he took soc­cer, hand­i­capped, shoot­ing, hand­ball, squash and many other sports’ sto­ries, and he many times told me Ab­del­latif, I have no space, not enough time, no re-writer, with a very se­ri­ous face, only to come back 30 min­utes later to show me the story al­ready on the proof, as best as it can be. That was Xavier, who is a friend, a col­league, a hu­man be­ing with whom we spent many years to­gether within the fam­ily of Kuwait Times, where he will al­ways be re­mem­bered. You will be missed Xavier. - Ab­del­latif Al Sharaa

Yes­ter­day, when my col­league Tony Coelho called me from Kuwait and told me that our col­league Xavier Mo­raes is no more, I felt like I was kicked in the stom­ach. I may not be work­ing with Kuwait Times any­more and Xavier and I might not have been best friends but Kuwait Times is one close-knit fam­ily and each per­son has made an im­pact on ev­ery­one whose paths they have crossed. I felt like we lost an im­por­tant fam­ily mem­ber and didn’t get a chance to even say good­bye. Xavier who was the sports editor was with Kuwait Times even be­fore I was born and did an ex­cel­lent job with the sports pages. He had a fan­tas­tic sense of hu­mor and was al­ways light­ning quick with come­backs and witty one-lin­ers which used to crack up all the ed­i­tors. Even though he wasn’t one of the noise-mak­ers at work, he cer­tainly had a strong pres­ence. Xavier, the ed­i­to­rial team and the sports pages won’t be the same with­out you. You’ll truly be missed.

- Priyanka Saligram

Fran­cis Xavier Mo­raes

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