A Tragic Announcement from Maureen

“We have been through difficult times at HOPE over the years, this is the absolute worst of them. On Sunday 11th October, in complete shock and devastation, we announced the untimely and sudden death of our beloved Geeta Venkadakrishnan. There will never be anyone like Geeta, this loss is almost impossible for us to put into words. She was the most special of human beings. Our hearts are absolutely breaking as we write this.

Geeta had been privately battling Covid 19 recently. We were respecting her request for privacy, we had been monitoring her progress while quietly praying for her speedy recovery. Up until the morning of Sunday 11th October Geeta was recovering and we were all hopeful, but as a result of a massive heart attack she tragically died that afternoon.

There are no words that can express our deep anguish and sorrow for the enormity of this tragic loss. Geeta has been a special friend to me for 21 years and a special friend to the HOPE family. To her HOPE family all over the world, many of you met her and loved her, everyone knew her big heart and will mourn her loss with us all. We are especially thinking of her beloved HOPE children who will be heartbroken.

Our deepest sympathy is with her husband Ravi and her son Harish, her family and her close friends, colleagues as they try to come to terms with such a tragic loss.”

Geeta dedicated her life to her work, her passion never wavered, she never stopped, so neither will we. We have to continue, in her memory. If you wish to honour Geeta you can donate to HOPE in her memory to help us continue her mission. Geeta, we will remember you and honour you in carrying on your work with your beloved children.

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Karen Moujahid

I was so shocked to hear that Geeta had passed away and that we have lost this wonderful, special inspirational lady who did so much for Hope. It was a great privilege to be in contact with her about child sponsorship – in all the times I was in touch with her, her dedication and devotion to the children shone through. Sending deepest condolences to her family and to everyone at Hope.

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Patricia Ebbs

Deepest sympathy to Geeta family, friends, hope family & hope volunteers. I had the pleasure of meeting Geeta over the years, a wonderful person & a great loss. Devastating news. RIP beautiful angle 💔💕

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Jane Wuerzer

I am so sorry to hear this news. She was an inspirational human being who cared for so many. She will be greatly missed.

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Bridget Buckley

As the mom of a girl from the Kanturk area in Ireland, who went to Kolcatta with the HOPE foundation a couple of years ago- we offer our sincere condolences to Geeta's family on her sudden & sad death. From all we hear – she was an angel in disguise & will be hugely & very sadly missed there where she obviously touched everyones heart with her kindness & humanity.

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Mags McCormack

So sad to hear of the passing of Greta. Sincere sympathy to her family, work colleagues and to everyone who loved her.

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Fiona Downey

I was very sorry to read this sad news. I remember meeting Geeta when I travelled to Kolkata twice with the Hope Foundation. My outstanding memory is that of the absolute love that the children had for her and her for them. It was the most genuine love that I have witnessed in my life and the children that have been lucky to have had her in their lives are so fortunate to have known her. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam Dilis (May her faithful soul be at the right hand of God.0

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Julie Evans

Geeta was a wonderful Lady who we had the pleasure of meeting on our trip to Kolkata. We are very sad to hear of Geeta’s passing and send our sincere condolences to her Family and The Hope Foundation Family. RIP.

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Maria

Such sad news and my deepest condolences to Geetas family and Hope. When we met Geeta , she was so welcoming and I was struck by her kindness and devotion to the children. She gave us a great insight into Hope and the incredible work and challenges being undertaken by her and the team. I hope her family can take comfort in how much she was loved and appreciated. Rest in Peace Geeta

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Oisin Lambe

My deepest condolences to Ravi and Harish, and to her Hope family, on Geeta's passing. I can only begin to imagine the depth of the loss you feel. I only had the privilege to meet Geeta on one brief occasion, but much enjoyed it, and had hoped to get know Geeta more in the future. Unfortunately, that will not be.

She will live on through her incredible work, through yours, and through the lives of the many she has assisted.

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Chloe Seymour

Sending love and light at this very difficult time. We can never put into words how much she meant to us, and to humanity. May she fly high and rest in peace.

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Alistair Morrison

Geeta has been an inspiration to those who have both worked with her and those who received her loving care, especially the Hope children and her family. We will always remember her and my wish is to ensure that , through the Time to Pause project, we honour her dedication and passion by bringing to the attention of others the plight of so many who are less fortunate.

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Louise Greene

Saddened to hear of Geetas death . Deepest condolences to her friends family and fir those she worked so hard for.

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St Angels's College, Cork, Ireland

We are very sad to hear this tragic news. Geeta was an incredible woman and gave so much to HOPE and all those children in the homes. Thank you for all your amazing work Geeta. Condolences to all the HOPE family.

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Ann Marrion

Deepest sympathy to the Hope Family – a tragedy in this tragic time.

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Jackie O'Rourke

Deepest sympathies to Geeta's family and friends. May she rest in peace.

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Peaches Kemp

To all the staff at Hope, the children, Maureen and Geeta’s family: words cannot express how truly sorry I am to hear this utterly tragic news. Geeta was a force of nature, an inspiration, a rock of support for so many. Her loss is devastating and immeasurable. I am so incredibly sorry and extend my very deepest sympathies to you all. May her soul rest in peace. Peaches

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Annette Kearns

Having met Geeta a few times through the Froebel Hope partnership I can understand the devastation her family and everyone in Hope, staff and children, feel at her passing. She was a beautiful person, a human dynamo with real vision. May she rest in peace and all who miss her find comfort.
Slán abhaile Geeta.

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Susan Foley

Sincere condolences to Geetas husband, family, friends and to her Hope family. Such a devastating loss to everyone, Geetas wonderful presence will be sincerely missed.
We will remember her with so much Love and respect.

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Anne Healion

The children of Kolkata can’t afford to lose such an inspiring person and neither can the world. May she rest in peace.

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Jude O’Flynn-Murphy

Ravi ,Harish and Geeta’s extended family,Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dear Geeta. Only you know how special she was to you .I also know how special she was to the world and especially in her work with the Hope Foundation. She will be missed enormously. R.I.P. Jude O’Flynn-Murphy

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Mary Doyle (Ireland)

My deepest condolences to Kavi and Harish and family in the sudden passing of Geeta. May she rest in peace.

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Shiuli Davis

Geeta was a truly inspirational woman who devoted a lifetime of energy, compassion and love to helping the HOPE children of Kolkata. Her legacy lives on in all who have been touched by her kindness and warmth motivated to carry on her good work with children whose well being and safety above all meant everything to her. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this sad time.

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Susan Power

Rest in peace Geeta. You were such an inspiration to so many. The work you have done has been a lifeline to so many. You leave behind very big boots to fill. I will always remember meeting you, and will remember the love you had for the most vulnerable people. I am proud to have known you at some level. Sleep easy. X

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Anthony & Margaret Childs

Geeta was a truly unique individual, much loved by all those around her. A huge void will fill the space where she used to care with unrelenting love for all those around her. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends, those she looked after with such wonderful love and dedication in Kolkata, and all her friends and colleagues in the Hope Foundation. Rest in Peace Geeta. You will be missed more than we all could even dare to imagine.

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Helena Cotter

With deepest sympathy. Geeta personified HOPE and brought so much good to this world. Thinking of you all at this extremely difficult time.

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Midleton College

Thank you for all your amazing work Geeta. We are saddened by this news of an incredible woman. Condolences to all the HOPE family

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John O'Mahony

What a tragedy! She will be a huge loss to so many communities in Kolkata and beyond. Our thoughts are with her family. May she rest in peace.

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Maura Byrne

My sincere condolences to Geeta's family on her death.

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JP O' Sullivan

Geeta will be a huge loss to all in Kolkata and to the children whose rights she worked so hard to deliver. A true champion of Social Work in its most traditional form and a great leader for those who wanted to bring about change. My condolences to all at HOPE around the world. R.I.P Geeta di.

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Angela Kelly

Sending sad condolences to Geeta’s family and all her colleagues and the children in Kolkata on their irreplaceable loss. I hope the knowledge of all the good she did and her legacy will be of some comfort. May she rest in peace.