Portuguese Settlement’s Papa Joe dies at 80
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.