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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Tom Owens

So sorry for both Ravi & Harish and for her wider HOPE family. Geeta’s work will live on within the children that she loved. Thank you Geeta.

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Gráinne McMacken

My thoughts and prayers are with Geeta's family and the Hope family at this sad time. She is one who has loved and inspired so many. Thank you Geeta.

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Diane Keating and Fionnan MacDermott

Our hearts are broken for all at the Hope Foundation and Hope Kolkata Foundation. We are thinking of all whose lives Geeta touched. All our love.

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Aisling Scott

I am so sorry to hear of Geetas death.my heart goes out to her family and friends. Lots of love, Aisling Scott xx

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Christine Coleman

So sad to hear of the passing of Geeta who I never met but received cards and good wishes over the years from this fine lady and heard so much about her work from my late husband Gerry.
My thoughts are with all her family and may Geeta RIP.

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LUISA ADAMI

I'll always remember the energy and the compassion of Geeta when she was with the children. She will always be a model for me.

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M. Murray

Rest in peace, Geeta. A shining, brilliant example of selflessness and the best of what we can be. Your legacy is enormous. Condolences to Geeta's family & friends.

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Helen Duhig

Rest in Peace♥️

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MeiMei Fox

I had the honor of meeting Geeta on several visits to the HOPE facilities in Kolkata. She was a remarkable human being, a bright light and a beautiful force for good in the world. What a tragic loss.

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Mary Walsh

May Geeta rest in peace. Our prayers are with her family & extended family in Hope.

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The Murray family

God rest you dear Geeta.

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Edel Hayden

Rest in peace Geeta. Thanks for all the work you did for the poor.

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Rosaleen Sorensen

A truly amazing human being

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Aine Roche

I am so sorry to hear of Geeta’s passing. She sounds like an amazing person. I am in awe of anyone as selfless as Geeta, somebody who dedicated her life to helping others. To her family, I say that you were lucky to have such a person in your life. My thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. Hopefully, her death will inspire even more people to help those most in need.

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Castletroy College, Limerick Ireland

On behalf of Castletroy College and especially the students who have been to Kolkata, please accept our deep sympathy on the passing of Geeta. RIP

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Georgia

I would like to express my sympathies to Geeta’s family and the Hope staff in India and Ireland. She will be truly missed. I had the honour of meeting her when I visited Kolkata In 2015 as part of the T.Y. Immersion programme.
Renewed sympathies,
Georgia Murphy Castletroy Ireland

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Gareth keogh

So sorry for your loss may geeta rest in piece with God's blessings

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Martina Leddy

I’m so sorry to hear this. Geeta was a beautiful person. This is such sad news. Thinking of her family in these tough times.

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Julia

Very shocking and sad news. Geeta's work touched so many lives. She will always be remembered with love and joy. Rest in Peace.

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Connie Di Fusco

I met Geeta during my time in Kolkata with The Hope Foundation. She shared her wisdom and understanding of life with me . Her positivity and realism will remain with me forever . May her legacy live on .

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Sarah Davis

So sad to hear this tragic news. Sending love to her family and friends and hoping that these messages showing what a special person she was provide a drop of comfort to them during their grief.

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Debi

Darling Geeta. You were a shining light of kindness and humility. Selfless and devoted. We have lost a wonderful human being. May heaven be lit with your star. Thank you for all you did. To your family my heart is with you ❤️❤️

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Allison Bray

So sorry to hear of the tragic death of this truly heroic woman. Sadly I never met her but her incredible legacy will live on.

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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.