Bro. De LEMOS,
Birth in Myanmar: [12 October 1900]
Brother Austin de Lemos, F.S.C.
Many past pupils, parents and friends will be sad to hear
of the death of Brother Austin who passed away peacefully on the 14 December 1995 at St.
Teresa’s Hospital Kowloon. Our grief is somewhat lightened by the fact that Brother Austin
led a long, full and fruitful life in the Lord’s service.
Born at the turn of the century in 1900 in Burma (Myanmar), he joined the De La Salle Brothers as an aspirant in 1916. His many years of dedicated service to education began at St. John’s Kuala Lumpur in 1942 and from then until 1954 he taught in the Brothers schools in Penang, Melaka, Taiping, Seremban and Singapore. He was transferred to Burma in 1954 and taught in Moulmein, Twante and Rangoon until the nationalisation of all Catholic schools in 1965.
Brother Austin’s “retirement” years were spent first in Malaysia (1966-1977) and then in La Salle College, Kowloon (1977-1995). Retirement in hardly the appropriate word for Brother Austin, because up to very recently he continued to teach and tutor students.
Brother Austin’s life was a fine illustration of the spirit of the Institute he joined, the spirit of faith and of zeal. In the spirit of faith, he always sought to do God’s will and to see everybody and everything with the eyes of faith. In the spirit of zeal for the instruction of children, he taught with efficiency and enthusiasm and regarded the teaching profession with pride.
Brother Austin was the last of his family to die, his younger sister having passed away three years ago at the age of 87. We extend our sympathies to his nephews, nieces and other relatives, for whom Brother Austin had a heartfelt and prayerful attachment.
To all who in one way or another helped Brother Austin on his life’s journey, thank you. May your generosity be rewarded.
Brother Austin was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, on 16 December.
5 January 1996
◆ 先賢錄－－香港天主教神職及男女修會會士 (1841-2010), 天主教香港教區檔案處, 2010.
◆ The Gateway Hong Kong Lasallian Family Bulletin Thirty-First Issue, The Lasallian Family Hong Kong, 2011.