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Teary farewell to mentor

Hazaribagh, May 31: Sitagarha cemetery today witnessed the funeral of an erudite teacher who will live forever in the hearts of his students. Father Koshy Mathew, who died of a heart attack at the age of 69 at Fortis Hospital, Ranchi, on Monday, will be remembered as a kind-hearted man.

A maths teacher who served in the Hazaribagh and Bokaro branches of St Xavier’s School among others, Father Mathew was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning.

Principal of St Xavier’s School, Hazaribagh, Father P.J. James said Father Mathew was 20 when he left his village in Kerala to join Jesuit Fathers of Hazaribagh. After his initial training at Sitagarha, he graduated in Mathematics from Loyola College, Chennai.

The principal said Father Mathew started his teaching career at St Stanislaus College, Sitagarha. He added that gradually his administrative skills came into notice and he was made manager of the domestic affairs of the Hazaribagh Jesuit community in 1980.

“He will be remembered by his students as a friendly mentor skilled in explaining complex problems in a simple manner,” he added. Father James added that students from across the country have posted condolence messages on the school’s website in memory of their teacher. “His amiable nature made him a favourite among colleagues,” he added.

Father Mathew also taught at St Robert’s High School, Hazaribagh, and St Joseph’s, Mahuadanr. During his last years, he was teaching at Tarwa High School, Hazaribagh.

Days before he suffered the fatal cardiac arrest, his students had scored highly in Maths in matric examination, results of which were announced recently.


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