HUNDREDS of Dar es Salaam residents from all walks of life turned up at the funeral service and cremation of the body of the former Advertising Manager with Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited, Tony Barretto.
Several selected speakers provided moving eulogies at a special funeral service held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in the city in which they described the late Barretto as a charming person who loved and respected all the people irrespective of their position in society.
Speaker after speaker hailed the late Barretto as an outgoing character who transcended racial and religious divides to amicably reach to all people who had sought his guidance or assistance or even friendship.
Prominent personalities who attended the service included former East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Bakari Mwapachu, former Tanzania's High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Ami Mpungwe and former Managing Editor of Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited, Mr Uli Mwambulukutu.
After the Diamond Jubilee service, the body of the late Barretto, a Roman Catholic faithful, was taken to Makumbusho Crematorium where his body was cremated "in accordance with his wishes", according to family members. The late Barretto is survived by a widow, Pearl, son John-Paul and daughter Catherine-Rose.