Fr. Abong Passes away
Fr. Anthony Abong B Marak, affectionately called as Fr. Abong, passed away on 12th February, 2018 in Apolo hospital, Guwahati after a prolonged illness. He was 49. Fr. Abong had been suffering from kidney failure for almost two years. His body was brought to Don Bosco School on 13th evening. A short service was organised in which about 100 people consisting of his family members, friends, staff and students came and paid their respects.
His mortal remains were then taken to Bosco Mount and the funeral was held the next day. He was laid to rest at the Salesian cemetery in Bosco Mount, Rongkhon, Tura. A huge crowd of more than 500 people came for the funeral. Rt. Rev. Bishop Andrew R Marak, Bishop of Tura was the main celebrant at the Holy Mass in Rongkhon Parish. Rt. Rev. Bishop George Mamalassery , retired Bishop of Tura, Fr. Provincial, Fr. VM Thomas, Fr. Vice-Provincial and Fr. Abong Companion, Fr, Januarius Sangma, about 70 priests, many sisters, faithful came to bid a tearful farewell to the person they loved. Rich tributes were paid to him by Fr. Provincial, Fr. VM Thomas, the people of Rongjeng where he worked for six years as parish priest, people of Rongkhon where he was assistant parish priests, Catholic Association, the diocese of Tura and the women religious of Tura.
Fr. Abong was one of Garo Hills much loved Salesman priest who kept close ties with the youth and was a regular visitor of homes to interact with families in both Tura and the villages.
Fondly called Father Abong by one and all, he was renowned for his close ties with the youth of Garo Hills. Fr Abong was actively associated with the Garo Hills Taekwondo association as a member of the body.
During his college days he was crowned Mr NEHU while studying at the North Eastern Hill University headquarters in Shillong. He is best remembered for his light humor and daily interaction with the youth. Late Fr Abong who was a diabetic had been battling kidney disease for a long time and breathed his last in a Guwahati hospital.
Birth: 06.04.1968 (Tura) First Profession: 24.05.1986 (Shillong) Perpetual Profession: 24.05.1992 (Tura) Ordination: 28.12.1997 (Tura) Death: 12.02.2018 (Guwahati)