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26 Feb: Paignton, Devon, UK. MAX (MAXIMO) ALFONSO. Age: 63. Partner of Margo Han. Son of the late John and late Christina Alfonso. Brother of Fabiola (Sydney) Machado, Delphine (Norman) Da Costa of Brampton, Canada; Rufina (Cyprian) Fernandes of Sydney and Mervyn (Patsy) Alfonso of Melbourne; Teresa (Mike) Tucker, Adolf (Becky) Alfonso of England and late Lolita. Condolences to [DaCosta, Norm]
Funeral service held at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Teresa's in Paignton, Devon, 24 Cecil Road, on March 1. Max was a star field hockey player who was on two Railway Goan Institute (RGI) Gold Cup winning teams, and was an accomplished mouth organist with the Scorpions and other bands in Nairobi.

MAXIMO ALFONSO - A Tribute by Tim de Mello
It was with a great deal of sadness that I read in today's Toronto Star of Max's passing. Max was my classmate in the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School in Nairobi. He was a field hockey player of note. But what I will always remember him for was for his musical talent. He was a harmonica player par excellence.
As young adults, when we went on our annual class picnic - somewhere in the wilds of Kenya - Max would always entertain us on our way there and back in the bus. I remember belting out (with all the others, of course) well known picnic songs like "She'll be coming down the mountain" on the top of my lungs to Max's accompaniment on the harmonica. Indeed none of our class school picnics would be complete without Max.
Max was also a school cricket player. I also made it to the second string team. When we went to play inter-school games, Max was there again to entertain us in the school bus.
Later in life, when I was in University in Nairobi, Max befriended a fellow student friend of mine from Dar-se-salaam. His name was Donald Dias. He was studing Electrical Engineering. They teamed up to play in the local night clubs. Donald played jazz on the piano. He was excellent too and the two of them formed a group of Goan musicians that became very popular in Nairobi. Unfortunately, Donald succumbed to leukaemia soon after graduating and never had the pleasure of practicing as an engineer.
Max will always be remembered for the joy of music he gave us. Others will remember him fondly for his athletic skills. Although he was not a close friend of mine, he was a very good friend - a kind and gentle friend.
REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND.

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