Ana Rita Ventura Mesquita (15 Apr 1983 - 2 Jul 2018)

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Location
Test Valley Crematorium Ridge Lane Romsey SO51 6AA
Date
23rd Jul 2018
Time
3.15pm
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These few words are in loving memory of Ana Rita Ventura Mesquita, always fondly known as Rita, who suddenly and very sadly passed away at home on 2nd July 2018

Rita was 35 and grew up in her native Portugal, studying veterinary science at Porto, Washington state University and Cambridge university. She joined her sister in Wales before beginning employment at KJ Fraser Veterinary surgery in Abingdon, 3 years later in 2014 she joined Seadown a mixed veterinary practice in the New Forest.

Rita was one of those rare people with a generous and compassionate heart who spend their life caring for others. She found huge pleasure and satisfaction in treating, nuturing and healing the many sick animals that came into the Seadown practice and had a certificate in small animal internal medicine, as well as a special interest in surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry & behaviour. Losing someone we love is immensely difficult but we are very proud and grateful that in her short life, Rita touched so many people and cared for so many animals. It is testament to the huge affection that people felt for her that many hundreds of tributes were paid to Rita on social media, de­scribing her as a “kind and won­derful vet” and “always friendly and caring”. There is no doubt she had a natural way with people and a passion for her work. Her family, friends, all those at Seadown, her clients and not forgetting her beloved black, rescue cat JD, all miss her dreadfully.

When not working, Rita had an adventurous, outdoor spirit which took her up mountains, into the air and under the sea. All rather surprising when we know she hated the cold but Rita was always determined, so whether it was skydiving, paragliding, climbing or paddle boarding Rita was there. She had even successfully earned her padi diving certificate last year. Perhaps her real pride and joy however, was her BMW motorbike in her favourite colour blue, which she enjoyed riding confidently but carefully, be it to visit her sister and her 4 nephews in Devon, or to simply explore the New Forest and visit her favourite beaches. We like to think that Rita is up there now riding her beloved blue bike with the wind in her face and the sun on her back.

As we all try to come to terms with the tragic loss of our dearest friend, we send our heartfelt condolences to Rita's family, friends, to all those she loved and worked with at Seadown and indeed everyone in the animal and veterinary world. Rita's funeral is at 3.15pm on Monday 23rd July at Test Valley Crematorium, Ridge Lane, Romsey SO51 6AB where all are welcome to join her family in a celebration of Rita's amazing life.

In due course Seadown will consider how best to honour and remember Rita with a fitting tribute that does justice to the wonderful person that she undoubtedly was. In the meantime, know that their thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew and loved her.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Quando um de nós parte... ★ Ontem tive a triste notícia que a minha querida amiga Rita Mesquita partiu... tinha um coração do tamanho do mundo que lhe permitia fazer amigos por onde passava... e, desengane-se, quem pensar que ela era assim apenas com as pessoas... tratava os animais com uma compaixão tal que fazia dela uma médica veterinária sem igual... A vida profissional em países diferentes não permitiu que estes últimos anos partilhássemos momentos juntas...mas, a verdade, é que tenho o coração cheio por teres feito parte da minha vida... obrigada Ritinha... Sei que... onde quer que estejas... estarás a fazer a diferença. ❣️🌈

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Thank you Rita for your care and compassion while looking after our beloved Sydney. xxx

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lou brearley wrote

Rita, you were the voice of animals, true passion for looking after them healing them and being just simply a wonderful person, you will be so missed xx

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Elisabeth Gomes wrote

Doce Kita, por cada momento que partilhamos juntas estabelecemos um laço. Foram tantos e tão especiais que esses laços se transformaram numa ligação espiritual e por isso nunca te vou perder, apenas vivemos em dimensões diferentes mas conectadas para sempre. Tenho a certeza que nos vamos voltar a encontrar. Recordo-te hoje nos teus melhores momentos e mais felizes porque é assim que a tristeza que sinto agora ameniza e sei que seria assim que gostarias que te recordasse. Até breve

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Doce Kita, foi um privilégio conhecer-te e partilhar contigo momentos da minha vida. Viverás sempre no meu pensamento e no meu coração até nos voltarmos a encontrar. Até breve

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You will always be in our hearts 😢

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Felicity James smith donated £40 in memory of Ana

Thank you for being a great vet to all our girls. Gone way to soon.

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Sandy And Peter Moss wrote

It was an absolute privilege to have Rita in our lives, and for that we will be forever grateful. Rita became more than just our vet, she became our friend.xx

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