In the so sudden and shocking death of Goa’s Padma Shri and our internationally acclaimed noted designer Wendell Rodricks the fashion world and our State in particular has lost yet another true Goenkar.I have personally lost a resourceful friend of many years. We were both born in May 1960 just four days apart.
His many talents included acting, appearing in films and a television play. Wendell was a prolific writer, releasing several books and contributing to journals on travel, art and food especially Goan cuisine. He wrote regular columns raising issues of social concern and the environment.
The very affable and extremely outspoken Wendell was very environmental conscious and cared to see that the existing greenery in Goa was maintained all around. He was very candid in his views on social issues and never hesitated to call a spade a spade. An inherent Social activist he always was. He was an advocate for eco- friendly fashion.
Wendell was always so very concerned on the flora and fauna more particularly in his native village of Colvale and wanted its scenic and tranquil identity maintained. He meticulously attempted to restore and convert a 450 year old house that he lived in to to be a museum of Fashion with over 800 exhibits items that he researched and collected over many years.
His very premature departure has left a deep void which may never be filled. There will not be another Wendell but the memories he lives behind of iconic creativity, hard work, and passion for the environment and the arts will live in our hearts and minds forever.
Adieus and Au Revoir Mon Ami Wendell till we meet again.