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   Obituary - Francis Sarantis


Francis Byron Sarantis

House: Rhodes
Years: 1955-1959

Sam Jenkins (Rhodes 1954-1959) sent an e-mail to webmaster on 1st Jan 2006, wanting to get in touch with Francis Sarantis.

  • On 12th March 2006, Webmaster received an e-mail from Neville Watson:
      Francis Sarantis and I were nearby neighbours - we both lived at Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam - and though we were rivals at school (Rhodes vs. Scott) we used to see a lot of each other together with Willy Kent (Clive) during the holidays. After he left school Francis went to London where I believe he studied law. He returned to Dar some time about 1964-5 to rejoin his father and work in the family company. Francis had always been asthmatic and not very long after he got back to Tanzania he sadly died following a bad attack in his middle twenties.

      Neville Watson
      (Scott 1953-1959)

  • On 1st April 2006, Webmaster received an e-mail from Brian McIntosh:
      Francis Sarantis, Sam Jenkins and I were fellow Rhodes House Prefects in 1959.

      I've known since the 'sixties that Francis died of asthma-induced heart failure. It was shocking news at the time, and it reminded me of a cross-country run on a hot afternoon at school when he had a severe asthma attack; I thought he might expire there and then from being unable to catch his breath for many agonizing minutes. He was House Captain of Rugby at the time, and although asthma kept him on the sidelines for much of the season, his enthusiastic coaching helped us win the 1959 Inter-House Sear Cup.

      Francis left school to pursue studies in London at the end of term two - which explains why he's not in any of the 1959 Rhodes House pictures, all of which were taken in the third term.

      We remember 'Sara' not for his infirmity so much as for his sunny personality, his warm heart, and his boisterous love of fun and laughter.

      Brian McIntosh
      (Rhodes 1953-1959)