I still remember, the last time I met the late Rev. Fr. Joseph Dapoz, was when he was in his late 80's. At that time, he still managed to stand-up and walk a bit, most of the time needing the support of his walking stick. He was, as usual, always conversing fluently in Kadazan whenever he met up with the locals. One thing that I will never forget about him is his 'sharp and vivid' memories. When I told him my father's name, instantly he could recall how my father used to do 'this' and 'that'...and shamed on me, I couldn't keep up with his conversation all because of poor communication....yes, I am one of those kids who does not converse local dialect at home.
Dear Father Dapoz, you 'Rest-In-Peace' now...you have fought the good fight and now it is time to rest and wait for your reward. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Mercy continuously intercede for you until you are released from your infirmity. Please pray for me when you have entered into beatific vision.
_________________________________________Father Joseph Dapoz, the last foreign missionary in Sabah, who passed away on Feb 22, served the Catholic Church in the state for 63 years.