The Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) is greatly saddened to write about the passing of FEJI’s Chairman Emeritus, Darryl D’Monte. Darryl passed way in Mumbai on March 16th, 2019. There has been deep sadness amongst FEJI’s network of journalists, many of whom he mentored personally. Their condolence messages are far too many to add here, but their messages are unanimous in their deep appreciation of Darryl’s warmth, humour, his fairness, integrity, his skilled journalism and his love of the environment.
Darryl was the initiator of the original FEJI in Mumbai in 1988; newly-reconstituted in Bangalore in 2012. He gave journalists the idea of being able to write on, and the strength to stick to, environmental journalism. He encouraged any journalists who showed interest in writing on the environment and he had a knack for spotting talent. He would make sure the person was given some part or involvement in any environmental project he was working on, and if the project did not have the money for payment, made doubly sure he paid you back in kind, through media trips, national and international, journalism career-enhancers, anything he knew would be of benefit to you.
Darryl was warm, social and with a great sense of humour. He knew just about anyone you could think of, all people of eminence, and yet he interacted with you as if you were a family member.
He will be sorely missed. Somehow, in spite of his cancer which was in remission, we all thought of him as invincible, someone who would be there always.
Rest in peace, Darryl.
FEJI in collaboration with the Mumbai Press Club held a condolence meeting for Darryl on March 22nd, 2019:
Here is link from the proceedings: Darryl D’Monte, mentor to a generation of journalists
Darryl with Indian and Asian journalists at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, 2003.
Darryl with international and South Asian journalists during the IFEJ meeting, New Delhi 2009
Some of the numerous tributes to Darryl from senior journalists, many of whom began their careers under him:
Some of Darryl’s recent stories: