George Edward D'Souza
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George Edward D'Souza
  • April 23, 1922 - May 3, 2017
  • Saint Louis, Missouri

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George Edward "Ed" D'Souza was born April 23, 1922 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. He was born the sixth of seven children. His mother prized education, and though she and her husband had only attend school through age 10, she encouraged all their children to get as much schooling as possible. Ed and his siblings (including his sisters, which was unusual in that place and generation) all went to college.

After a decades-long career as a petroleum chemist in manufacturing plants in India, the Middle East, and St. Louis, he retired to College Station, TX and took up cooking. He used scientific methods to recreate dishes from his childhood, and went on to create all kinds of recipes...perhaps most popular were his home-roasted and spiced nuts.

Throughout his life, Ed found joy everywhere. He was an extroverted optimist, ever-ready to laugh, make a joke, and try something new. He believed in eating well, sleeping well, and exercise. He particularly enjoyed golf with his grandsons because he could goad them into taking dicey shots, while he played a more cautious, calculated game to beat them.

Ed delighted in all children, most particularly his grandchildren who he believed were simply superior human beings. He taught his own kids and dozens of others to swim in neighborhood pools. Neighborhood kids knew he was the go-to guy if you needed a repair for your broken slingshot, an admirer for a pretty rock or other natural treasure, or an ally in a water balloon fight.

He was a faithful and prayerful man who attended daily Mass throughout his life, prayed the rosary with his family regularly, and took time to say the Daily Office or sit in prayerful contemplation. He was always deeply grateful for the many blessings in his life, and felt his cup had been "filled up, tamped down, and was overflowing" with many great gifts from God.

He was preceded recently in death by Zita, his wife of nearly 47 years, who died in January; and years ago by his eldest son, Selwyn, and his first wife, Winnie. He is survived by children Genevieve (Noel), Peter (Paulette), Lisa (Doug), and Sr. Lynn Marie; grandchildren Rachel (Brian), Matthew, Jason, Joshua, Andrew, Kristen (Edwin), Zahra, Kavi, and David; great-grandchildren Cameron and Emelia; and many beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws, godchildren, and friends.

A staunch believer in the promises of Christ, Ed told us repeatedly that when God called him home, he was ready to go; and that we should not be worried or afraid. He also asked that his memorial service not be treated as a funeral with somber colors and sad faces, but instead as celebration of his entrance into eternity. So in fitting tribute to the man whose favorite dress outfit was a dark brown pair of slacks with a red and black plaid shirt and a pink and teal patterned tie (based on a belief that the colors and patterns should "set each other off"), please join his family in their plans to wear their most colorful best to his Resurrection Mass, and to remember Ed's life with the joy he gave us during his 95 years on Earth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Little Sisters of the Poor.