Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Fare Thee Well Taki: the sun sets on one of WIOMSA’s most loved legends!

Fare Thee Well Taki: the sun sets on one of WIOMSA’s most loved legends!

It is with deep sorrow and personal regret that we announce the death of Mohammed Taki Jaffer or Mr. Jaffer as he was popularly known in WIOMSA circles. Mr. Jaffer passed away after a short illness, early on Wednesday morning. Mr. Jaffer will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. He was a special, one of a kind individual, with a warm heart, a big smile, a penchant for jokes, and a wise word for everyone.

Though retired from WIOMSA, now at the age of 82, Mr. Jaffer never missed a day in the WIOMSA office, arriving daily at 10 am to assist with accounting as requested, read the newspaper, catch up on emails and generally check on his colleagues at the Secretariat. He will be remembered as a sage, a well read individual, savvy on political discourse and a person whose thirst for learning new things was never ending. He taught himself to how use a computer, learnt the mechanism of emails, and only last year mastered the use of his smart phone within months of its purchase! Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss that his family has suffered.

Mr. Jaffer was the first WIOMSA accountant from 1995 to 2001 when he retired. He leaves behind his wife, Zehra Jaffer Mohammed, a son Nasser Mohammed, a daughter in law and two grand children.

May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace!

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