Por­tuguese Set­tle­ment’s Papa Joe dies at 80

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

ME­LAKA: Por­tuguese Set­tle­ment’s cul­tural icon fondly known as “Papa Joe” has passed away.

Em­manuel Joseph Laza­roo en­coun­tered breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties be­fore he died at 8am at his home at Crys­tal Bay, Alai, here yes­ter­day. Laza­roo was 80.

The for­mer St Francis In­sti­tu­tion stu­dent made his de­but as a mu­si­cian at the age of 13 in the 1950s when for­eign dig­ni­taries vis­ited Me­laka.

He served as su­per­vi­sor at the state Pub­lic Works De­part­ment and ven­tured into the food busi­ness af­ter his re­tire­ment in 1997.

One of his clos­est friends, Joseph Sta Maria, de­scribed Laza­roo as a jovial per­son.

He said Laza­roo was in­volved in re­viv­ing the tra­di­tional Por­tuguese dance and was the grand­son of the set­tle­ment’s first Rege­dor or vil­lage head­man, Felix Danker.

Laza­roo left his wife and two chil­dren. The fu­neral ser­vice will be held at a chapel in the Por­tuguese Set­tle­ment at 10am on Mon­day while the wake is held at No 14, Jalan AP 9, Ta­man Alai Per­dana in Alai.

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