OBITUARY

Leslie Austin Colaco

September 5, 1932November 22, 2018

Father Leslie was born in the city Karachi, India (which later became Pakistan) on August 5, 1932‬. He attended Catholic schools in Karachi where English was spoken. From high school he went on to the Seminary and was ordained Priest from the Archdiocese of Karachi in Pune, India on June 1st, 1956. He taught at the St Paul’s English High School and became it’s head in 1973. He attended the Urbanian University, in Rome, Italy and (1969) received the J.C.D. in July 1969. He was a professor at Christ the King seminary in Karachi for three years (1966-1969). One of his proudest accomplishments was one of his students was appointed Cardinal in June, 2018, Joseph Coutts of Pakistan. He completed his Ph.D in Education from Fordham University, New York in May 1981. He taught in Rome and while there met Saint Mother Terese. He was a Professor of Canon Law at Fordham University in New York. He joined the Navy in 1986 as a Chaplain. He served in the Navy from 1986 until January 1997. His assignments were the Trident Training Facilty at NBK Bangor, Naval Regional Medical Center, Bremerton, Reykjavik, Iceland, Group 9 at NBK Bangor, Okinawa, Japan and was discharged from the US Navy in Guam in 1997. He returned to the Pacific NW and during his career as priest, he served as a priest for the Holland America Cruise Ships and assisted Archbishop John Cuneen in the Archdiocese of Christchurch, New Zealand for the next 20 years. During that period Fr. Leslie lived with Richard and Linda Waite in Poulsbo, Wa. for 6 months of each year. He retired in 2016 and moved to Stafford Suites Assisted Living in Port Orchard, Washinton, USA. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree Knight. Funeral arrangements through Miller Woodlawn, Bremerton, Wa. Services will be on Dec. 5, 2018 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 500 Veneta Ave, Bremerton, Wa. 10:30am Rosary, Mass at 11:00 with reception lunch following. Memorials can be made to www.stjude.org/donate.

Life Story:

Father Leslie was born in the city Karachi, India (which later became Pakistan) on August 5, 1932. He was the second son of Rose and John Colaço who were Portuguese Catholics. Rose was a teacher and John was an accountant. They raised their two sons, Ronald (born 1929) and Leslie and who both became ordained Catholic priests. His parents were born on the island where Saint Xavier is buried, Goa, India. His grandparents moved to Goa as Missionaries. One of Father Leslie’s favorite memories was of his brother’s ordination. Father Ronnie played the organ at the Cathedral in Karachi. His Mother, Rose coordinated a pilgrimage to Lourdes where his favorite rosary was from. Father Leslie attended Catholic schools in Karachi where English was spoken. From high school he went on to the Seminary and was ordained from the Archdiocese of Karachi in Pune, India on June 1st, 1956. He taught at the St Paul’s English High School and became head in 1973. He became a priest in 1956 at the age of 23. He attended the Urbanian University, in Rome, Italy and received the J.C.D. in July 1969. He was a professor at the Christ the King seminary in Karachi for three years. One of his students, appointed Cardinal in June, 2018, Joseph Coutts of Pakistan, was a student of his at the seminary in Karachi. He completed his Ph.D. in Education from Fordham University, New York in May 1981 while also serving in various New York Parishes. He taught in Rome and while there met Saint Mother Teresa in the waiting room for the Pope. He was a Professor of Canon Law at Fordham University in New York and served at the parish of Mother of Confidence and Holy Trinity El Cajon until he joined the Navy in 1986 as a Chaplain. He served in the Navy from 1986 until January 1997. Duty Stations: Father joined the Navy in San Diego, Ca in March, 1986 and served as Lieutenant until January, 1997. His first assignment was at the Trident Training Facility at NBK Bangor, and then at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Bremerton. He spent two years at Reykjavik, Iceland and after returned to Group 9 at NBK Bangor. Later he was stationed at Okinawa, Japan and was discharged from the US Navy in Guam in 1997. He returned to the Pacific NW and during his career as priest, he served as a priest for the Holland America Cruise Ships and assisted Archbishop John Cuneen in the Archdiocese of Christchurch, New Zealand for 6 months each year for the next 20 years. During that period Fr. Leslie lived with Richard and Linda Waite in Poulsbo, Washington for 6 months of each year. He said mass at the NBK Bangor Chapel when requested. He retired in 2016 and moved to Stafford Suites Assisted Living in Port Orchard, Washington, USA, where he resided until November 20. Father Leslie loved dogs and as a young boy, his family always had dogs. He came from a wealthy family who had servants that assisted with the domestic chores. Father loved to travel, some of his favorite places were Molokai, Hawaii and visiting friends in Hawaii, New York, Canada and Norway. He was always active in sports, he played hockey, cricket and soccer and was an avid racquetball player. He was a member of the Knights

Services

  • Catholic Rosary Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Leslie Austin Colaco

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Annette Giangrande

December 19, 2018

In the mid 1970’s my mom met Fr. Leslie at St. Mary Mother of Jesus in Brooklyn. She had a bag full of change in her pocketbook and all the coins fell out. After picking up coins on the floor with this priest that answered the rectory door, they finally laughed about it and became the best of friends. He then became very close with my family. He performed my 19 year old brother Michael’s funeral Mass and he performed my sister Michele’s Christening Mass. Fr. Leslie performed my wedding in 1987. He taught me how to drive and taught me studying techniques for school. We vacationed with him And he always visited and loved my mom’s cooking. We learned so much from him. On his birthday in August this year, I was compelled to talk to him for an hour and half reminiscing about our memories. Now I know why that phone call needed to happen. He said Please don’t forget our memories with all of us. Fr. Please give Mom a big hug from us and I hope you and her are enjoying each others company once again. We love you.

Christeen Cox

December 7, 2018

We wanted to share the program from Father Leslie's funeral mass. It was a wonderful service with four priests and one deacon on the altar. Father Lappe did a wonderful homily. There were about 100 people that came to the church and down to the reception luncheon. Father would have been so pleased.

Dennis Cox

December 7, 2018

Father was a special friend to us, we met through "Bob the Barber". We were so blessed to meet many of Father Leslie's friends through e-mails that we had saved from his computer. He will have many masses said for him throughout the world. Amazing how the ripple of the little priest from Pakistan reflected outward to the world. We wanted to share the family photo that Father had in his room, he was a lovely child, he was the youngest son.

Peter and Michelle Rumping

December 5, 2018

Dear Father Leslie,
We met you when you locumed at our church of Holy Name, Ashburton, during Christmas of 1998. We have been friends ever since, and whenever you would be locuming in our diocese each summer we would met and go on fact finding missions to various Christchurch restaurants. We always agreed that Saggio Di Vino could not be eclipsed. No such agreement could be reached on which NZ wine region was best however. You loved Central Otago Pinot noir whereas I was more parochial with the Waipara region. No doubt the debate will resume when we meet again .
Thank you again for baptising Claire our God daughter ,and Peter, our grandson. These sacraments you administered were spiritually beautiful.
You often said “ We don’t ever die. We merely change address”
Let us trade prayers until we meet again.
With love and God’s Blessings,
Michelle and Peter Rumping

Linda Curran

December 5, 2018

Father Leslie was an integral part of our family's lives since 1986, beginning at the chapel at Bangor, WA. He was as big a tennis fan as I, and we were tennis partners on the courts. We shared our homes and many meals together over the years. At the end of the meal, I would offer Father dessert. His reply was always the same, "Only if it's Swiss chocolate." We will miss him so. God bless you Father Leslie, may you rest in the palm of His hand.

Meredith Curran

December 4, 2018

Dear Dennis & Christeen, Thank you so very much for sharing this with me. I live in Texas and I would’ve never known he had passed without you sending me an email. The holiday emails he sent annually stopped last year, so I thought he might have passed then. I’m so thankful for people like you to be a dear friend to father Colaco. He was a "Special Man & Preist", and although I hadn’t seen him in quite some time, we still communicated via email and phone. He is in our prayers!

Meredith Curran

December 4, 2018

My last communication with Fr. was to ask him to officiate at my wedding in June of 2017. He was too sick to travel and offered up prayers instead. I’ve known him since I was a 7 year old girl and neighbor of his at Jackson Park in Bremerton WA. He was more than the priest who gave me my first communion. He came over for dinners at our house and even took me to a haunted house at Bangor. I dragged the poor man through the entire place screaming in fear. He will forever live on in my memories. And I will miss the emails he sent out each year around the holidays. Rest In Peace Fr. Colaco.

Catherine MOTTE

December 4, 2018

Lors knows how many souls you've touched, my dear friend and mentor. I enjoyed our discussions, the crosswords (in French...) we made together, the joy you brought with you and your intensity. You will be remembered. Leslie, I cannot even imagine how you can "rest", even in peace! God bless you for all those years of presence in our family.

Helene TORAILLE

December 4, 2018

My family and I have known father Les for more than 40 years. We deeply enjoyed the witty, humorous and joyful aspects of his temperament, along with his deep faith and the simple way he spoke to us about it. He really cared for people and we really appreciated the way he helped and sustained my mother when my father died and in the following years. Father Les was a most precious person and his memory will stay alive in our hearts.

Desiree Molloy

December 3, 2018

Fr. Leslie was a hockey buddie and friend of my dad Wilfred D'Costa, he visited our home often in Karachi, I remember on one such visit my dad and Fr Leslie having a very passionate conversation about God's Unconditional Love and Jesus Christ real presence in the Eucharist, it must have impressed me as I still remember the conversation. Fr. Leslie introduced hockey to St. Joseph's Girl's High School and was our hockey coach, he assigned me as the goal keeper, to my horror, for which I've forgiven him. May God receive you into heaven, I'm sure you will have a yarn, drink and joke with my dad. Farewell good and faithful Servant of God.

FROM THE FAMILY