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Family’s disbelief at industrial accident death

Gabriel de Oliveira, the 62-year-old man whose life was claimed in an industrial accident at the Pink Beach Hotel site, has been remembered as a hard-working family man who will be deeply missed.

“He loved his cars and motorcycles and worked hard in construction,” recalled Mr de Oliveira's cousin Louis Gabriel Fernandes. He said Mr de Oliveira and his wife Maria, married in 1973, had been “a great couple”, adding: “He worked hard for those three children and Maria. I'm going to miss seeing him.”

Mr Fernandes, a retired sergeant in the United States Army, said his cousin's sudden death on July 29 had left him in disbelief. He and Mr de Oliveira had both grown up as assistant masons, helping their fathers over the weekends on construction projects. Along with Mr de Oliveira's future wife, the two attended the Whitney Institute together.

Fond of motorcycles, Mr de Oliveira had held on to a modified Cyrus moped, “Blue Max”, that his cousin had left to him, Mr Fernandes added.

The scene after the industrial acciden. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 10, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 10, 2015 at 2:40 am)

Family’s disbelief at industrial accident death

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