Christopher Roland Furtado was born in Bombay, India, on March 20, 1958, and grew up in Goa. One of the early Goans to settle in Los Angeles, Roland was truly a Goan at heart, providing an apt Konkani adage should the occasion demand. Roland enjoyed cooking, and a perfectly layered bebinca was his pièce de résistance. Roland enjoyed entertaining his friends with great food, retiring to a vintage cognac, a perfect cigar and debating world affairs. In 1999 he married the love of his life, his “sweets”, Ligaya (Joy) Tolentino Furtado and was immediately adopted and embraced by a large contingent of in-laws. Roland was a go-getter, his high energy, can-do attitude held him good stead over the 30 years that he singlehandedly created and led a successful freight forwarding company to many accolades and recognition. Roland attended military school in India, was extremely well read, organized and disciplined, frequently recommending “Boot camp” for a mildly errant nephew. His larger than life personality, tenacious debating and endlessly quoting statistical facts will be sorely missed by his friends who often gathered and reveled in Roland’s high energy aura. Weekends would find Roland either solving an impossible project at work, helping friends or glued to a much-anticipated boxing match on TV. Roland was the eldest of seven brothers Anthony Roy (deceased), Edgar, Osler, Darryl, Stein, Caesar. His Mother: Susana Furtado, lives in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his three-year battle with brain cancer Roland kept a positive attitude and was in high spirits, careful not to burden his caregivers. Roland succumbed to the debilitating disease, passing gently in the arms of his wife, on July 3rd, 2018.

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  1. Roland Furtado, You were a husband, a son,a brother and a uncle. Most of all you were a friend to all who knew you. Your single mindedness, self assured and positive attitude to life will always be remembered. We all who knew you will miss your spirit and your drive to achieve all that is possible and that you set your mind to. I will surely miss our conversations, cooking together and toasting to a good Scotch. Wish we did it more. Life is what we make of it and you did make the most of yours albeit too short.

  2. Everyone and anyone reading this post. On behalf of my mother in Canada she has asked me to thank everyone who will be attending Roland’s funeral in California. On behalf of my brothers Osler, Stino, Darryl and Ceaser we appreciate your condolences.

  3. Roland, we miss seeing your smile and your kind heart each and every day we walk in and out of the house. Your kind words to Alyssa and Alex whenever you saw them will never be forgotten. Your positive outlook on life and kindness will live on with us. We will always remember the joy it was to have you as our neighbor and friend.

  4. Roland, you are a good friend even though we only met in the parking lot of St. James church with my daughter Tiffany. We will always remember your smile and kindness. Rest in Peace Roland.

  5. Roland is one of the really smart and fun guys. I love going to his and Joy’s house and running wild with our stream-of-consciousness discussions of history, politics, food, international trade, sports, you name it. He is a great husband to Joy, further proof of his wisdom, and is dedicated to his profession and his customers, in the very most demanding and particular job in international shipping. I am honored that he broke out his cashew Feni with me, and can’t wait to visit Goa to see where he and the Feni came from.

  6. Roland was my mentor and coach. A passionate motivator. A walking encyclopedia. He had a file on most topics and would challenge your version of the truth. He loved cooking but he loved sharing his cooking even more. A meal was generally accompanied with some fine scotch and exciting debates about Goa or politics or discussions about my future plans. Roland was a loyal friend and supporter. He’d often donate toys for the GOA kids and was incredibly thoughtful and generous. RIP Roland! I’m going to celebrate your life and everything you were about.

  7. Roland, We will all miss you very much. I learned so much from you growing up. Always a helping hand, so generous in your time and love for your friends. You were amazing in everyway ! You were a dear friend to me. I will miss you very much. I pray you are in a better place, May your soul rest in eternal peace.

  8. I knew Roland through the shipping business since the early 90’s and we developed into quite good friends. Roland was a very warm hearted, giving person who loved life. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral. I just found out about his passing this morning and already have plans for Saturday that cannot be changed. I want to send my deepest condolences to his wife Joy and his family. He was a model Goan, and outstanding human being – he will be missed.

  9. I am so saddened to learn tonight that Roland has passed. I met him in the late 90’s when he was kind enough to accept my request to make a sales call on his great Freight Forwarding Company. I was a young man trying to figure out how to make a career in the Shipping industry and without having to mention it he saw that and immediately befriended me, giving me great advice and staying in touch for many years. I regret that we didn’t stay in better touch over the last decade and am heartbroken to see that he is no longer with us. I see that it has been a year and a half, but let this post confirm that he will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who I know miss him still and will always.

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