Memorial Service for Wenceslaus and Akash Anthony

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Venkat Raman
Auckland, July 15, 2021

A ‘double Mass, in memory of Wenceslaus Anthony and Akash Anthony, will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 5 pm at Christ the King Church located at 260 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland.

The Mass has been organised by family friends and Christian community volunteers of Mr Anthony. His wife Susan and their daughter Sneha and her husband Mario Saverimuttu are in Sydney and hence the Mass will also be streamed live.

Wenceslaus passed away after a very brief illness in Chennai on July 23, 2017 sinking hundreds of people who knew him into a sea of sadness. He was a man of compassion, universal friendship and a devout Catholic with malice towards none.

Their son Akash died in Sydney on July 18, 2020, while on a visit to the City.

About Wenceslaus Anthony

Wenceslaus Anthony, who was known to my family for some 43 years, and certainly closer since both families migrated to New Zealand in 1999. He was popular among various communities in New Zealand, India, Burma, Canada and respected as a Samaritan and a great human being.

His contributions to the Church, business and various community and social welfare projects are remembered with respect and admiration. He initiated the Saint Mother Teresa Interfaith Annual Meetings which ran for nine years from 2010 to 2018. This event brought together hundreds of people from various faiths to remember and further the cause of the Saint.

He considered his wife as ‘the most precious’ and their children- daughter Sneha as a ‘Doll,’ and son Akash as a ‘Gem.’

About Akash Anthony

Akash, ever-smiling and well-mannered, was only 27 years old.

He was a great son, even a greater brother and an ambitious pilot who wanted to be on air all the time- flying an aircraft and carrying people in it.

Upon his death, Sneha wrote, “Let us all be kind to each other and know that hard times don’t last forever and we need to push through and look after our mental health. He was always the happiest and most cheerful person. We were so close as a family who talked always, he called my mum multiple times a day and told her everything and no one ever thought his mind would take him so quickly down a dark spiral from which he could not return. Please pray for him and the family we just don’t know what to do.”

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