RIP Dr Antonio Salafia-SJMC- Batch of'74.
I heard the news with the deepest regret and shock at the sudden passing away of Dr Antonio Salafia, Alumnus Batch of 1974, St John’s Medical College Bangalore on the night of 26th April. His work and contribution will be much remembered and missed. Dr Antonio Salafia, specialized in plastic surgery and lived and worked in Mumbai specialising in reconstructive surgery for leprosy patients.
Antonio was one of the few staunch Johnites to attend all Johnite alumni meets without fail and without fuss.....Has done wonderful humanitarian work in the field of Leprosy......Dr Salafia was a priest who left the priesthood after marrying Elizabeth...... but never left doing works of charity and humanity.
Dr Salafia has worked for and with leprosy patients right from 1971.
In the year 1984, with help from various friends and under the inspiration of GLRA (German Leprosy Relief Association) .He started a new NGO, duly registered with the Govt. of India: SHISHU PREM SAMAJ. These are the some of the projects of SPS:
1. Mobile Surgical Unit. This is the first project, financed in toto by GLRA. Their aim; – that is Dr Salafia an orthopaedic surgeon and a theatre nurse- go and operate (mainly leprosy patients) where there is need. As the program is financed by GLRA, this is not charged to the patients or the hospital for any expenses.
2. Sponsorship for poor students/ Children of leprosy patients. While the patients appreciated much of the medical and surgical treatment he did for them- often gratis, they were concerned about their children and their future. They wanted them to get decent education so their lot would be better then their parents. Antonio arranged to get a number of children sponsored so they were able to educate themselves and have a better life
3. Many other works of charity.
Many other work of Christian Charity Difficult to put many works of charity he did, under any characterized heading, suffice to say Antonio gave of himself unstintingly to serve his patients. This was deeply appreciated…….
Antonio is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and 2 children, one in the field of the creative media and the other in the field of medicine. Antonio was a true stalwart of St John’s one of the best...... and who lived by the vision of St John’s Medical College- “ he shall live because of me”
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.Funeral details- Dr Antonio Salafia- Funeral will be on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd church, Andheri West.
Dr Dominic Lobo
Shocked to hear this sad news...Dr. Salafia personified the 'johnnite ethos'in his own quiet,unassuming way...
Along the way he picked up many laurels,wrote books and am sure changed the lives of the many patients and people he came across.
Conveying my sympathies to his family,may his soul RIP.
Dr Gerard D'souza
RIP Dr.Antonio Salafia.He exemplified the mission of St John's, I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him and met him at St Lukes and
SJMC Mumbai functions.May God grant his family the fortitude to bear this untimely loss.
Dr.Joseph Monteiro (1981)
Tony Salafia was a terrific guy and a dedicated doctor. He served a higher cause and did so with grace and humility. Rest in peace old chap for a job well done.Raj
I had good fortune to meet him in Dec 2011.I remember Fr Salafia. He was a radical similar to our thinking at that time. All if us who attended his 15 minute masses in his room and his views will miss him.He was a man first and then a priest, like Jesus. He had an eyes for beautiful women and a hand to continue Gods work, working with. 'Lepers'.Two in a month! hope they are having some Great wine with Him! Bryan Pereira
Revolutionary rather than radical for his time. Much like his mentor 2000 years ago. He came from a conservative stock, back ground and thinking Italian heritage and it took courage to break from his path in Italy to devote his life to India's 'lepers', much like Albert Scweitzer, Peter Damien and Tom Dolittle. His many grateful patients will remember him, the hustle of Andheri (West,) in particular, will miss him as will those who knew him and his skype-mates..Arogyaswami Nirmal Raj
Please convey our sympathies Dom to the family.I am out of town or would attend the funeral.Dr Anil D'cruz Director Tata Memorial Hospital.
Dr Antonio Salafia, an alumnus of st John's specialized in plastic surgery and lived and worked in Mumbai always particularly doing constructive surgery on the hands of leprosy patients. He always made it a point to attend the get togethers that I organize for johnites from maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat here in Mumbai! Sad...we will miss this good person! Always kept in touch with me. Fr Percy
RIP. Condolences to his family.Dileep Lobo
Really sad to hear this . He was my classmate . Second classmate to go within a month. Will dearly miss Antonio who was in communication with all of us on our class website. He did great work for people with leprosy and spent all his life in Bombay. May his soul rest in peace Richard Fernandes
Another good soldier for the poor and needy...gone KS
May his soul rest in peace . May his work continue Dominic Sebastian
Single-minded and great devotion to his work. R.I.P. Dr Mohan Adayam
Our heartfelt condolences.... May his soul rest in peace Anil Kumar
May his soul Rest in Peace. Lalu Anthony
Heartfelt condolences to Dr Salafia's bereaved family members and may his soul rest in peace.Thanks Dominic for sharing his yeoman service to humanity and leprosy patients... Derrick Dsouza
Condolences to Dr. Antonio's family, rest in peace dear Dr. Antonio.... Dr Alexander Martin
Sad news, loss to his family and the city of Mumbai. Remember him well from D block and one year ahead at SJMC. Had donated to his school and missed visiting him when I was in Mumbai the last time as he was receiving an award out of town. May his soul RIP and join the company of all the saints, esp. the two new saints.Sung Chou