Hilary Cornelio

Aug 3, 1949 – Mar 17, 2016

Tribute paid by Rohan Cornelio, Hilary’s son, in a Facebook post:

In the weeks since dad passed away, we have had visits and calls of support from family and friends from across the world. The family would like to thank every one of you for your prayers, love and support.

His passing has of course been very emotional for us all, but at the same time brought back beautiful memories of his life. People have recalled his humour and wit (that’s what Hilary meant), his generous hospitality, his constant quest to help people regardless of who they were.

Not one to be put down by challenges, he took pride in the fact that he was a self-made man. He was proud of his roots, and that he came to Bombay wearing his infamous rubber slippers to rise-up in his career. Despite losing an eye, he worked hard, never making a big deal of it. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he carried on as normal, not wanting sympathy, but always looking at ways to keep busy and help people.

Our mum has been his rock, ever courageous and by his side – they made a great tag team! 
Making sure he had the best of care, mum has been the best partner he could have had. The support she has had over the last few months from family and friends has been incredible and we are so grateful for that.

Dad has been our friend, our captain, our courage, our mentor and guide. His ship has sailed, on a final journey, but we are sure he’s looking down on us, wishing that we continue with what he taught us, bringing laughter, joy and continue to help everyone around us.

Note from KCA:  Hilary passed away recently after a long illness.  The KCA was very dear to him & he served on the Managing Council & other sub-committees for many years.  Along with his wife Yvonne, Hilary has given tireless service to the KCA and was always available whenever called upon to help.

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