elevated mpzRH Lawrence Marcus Rodrigues, 89, of Zanzibar, Tanzania, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2020 to join the love of his life, the late Molly Rodrigues.

elevated mpzRH He spent one last Christmas surrounded by his loving children–Judy, Melissa, Mario and Mevrick, daughter-in-law Stefanie, son-in-law Michel, and his grandchildren whom he adored–Mark, Taryn, Ethan, Emile and Caleb.

elevated mpzRH He will be dearly missed by his brothers, Arthur and Nelson, sister-in-law Lumina, brother-in-law Victor, and all his nephews and nieces–Ashley, Jennifer, Erika, Lydio, Joseph, Christine, Roselyn, Valerie, Celia, Donna, Brian, Brenda, Tony, Joan, Angelo, and their families. Marcus is welcomed in heaven by his brothers Anthony and Johnny, sister Genovy, sisters and brothers-in-law Palmira, Carmen, Jack, Jane, Luis and Antoneita.

elevated mpzRH The Life and Legacy of Marcus

elevated mpzRH Born in Zanzibar, Marcus was forced to grow up quickly when he was sent to boarding school  in Belgaum, Goa, India at the age of 8. He returned to Zanzibar when he was 17 years old where he spent a short time with his family before moving to Nairobi, Kenya to work for East African Airways. Marcus moved on to the City Council of Nairobi where he received an honorary award for 25 years of service and was named “most honest man to work in the Treasury Department” by Mayor Margaret Kenyatta. In 1980, Marcus and Molly decided to immigrate to Canada. With four kids to raise, they had to work hard at starting a new life. Forty years later, they have grown their family to be as industrious and caring as they were.

elevated mpzRH Marcus was a man of few words, but when he spoke, everybody listened. We were fortunate to have him as a dad and our ‘Papa’ and have learned so much from his actions.  He had many talents amongst which was his passion for cricket. Marcus was also exceptionally good with his hands, both in his workshop and in the kitchen. His warm and generous personality will be remembered by all–forever ready to help friends and family in need. All he would ask is that you pay it forward.

elevated mpzRH Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:30pm, followed by the burial service at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Please join via livestream to view the service   https://www.etherelive.com/marcus-rodrigues  Personal sentiments can be added to the Condolences and Tributes or sent to mjrodrig29@gmail.com.

elevated mpzRH We ask that any donations made in Marcus’ honor go towards the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to The United Way in your local community.