GDN: A LONG-term Bahrain resident is leaving the country today after 28 years. Antony Rebeiro, 62, has retired and is returning to the Pune district of India with his wife Violet.
Ms Rebeiro worked at the Asian School for 25 years as a teacher and academic co-ordinator.
Mr Rebeiro, who was a former member of Karnataka Social Club and Konkan Singers Club, says it has been a wonderful journey.
"Although we are now going back to our homeland, we will miss Bahrain a lot as we made such good friends here who always stood with us in good or bad times," he said.
"We have served this nation for several years and now we want to enjoy our retirement with our children and grandchildren.
"I love Bahrain and its people as it gave me so much.
"It gave me everything that I made, from zero to what I am today."
The couple have two children, a son, Merwyn, and daughter Melrose.
Both are Indian School graduates who later studied in India.
Merwyn is now employed with Maersk Line in Jeddah as a sales performance manager and Melrose runs her own business in Pune.
Mr Rebeiro says while they are looking forward to retiring and spending time with their four-year-old grandson, they will miss friends and colleagues.
"Bahrain has given us some of our best memories and has been a second motherland to us," she said.
"We will always miss this great country and its people and will always pray for the well-being and prosperity of this second home, which will always hold a special place in our hearts."