Tuesday, 2 October 2012

IRRI ITS staff dies at 61

Grief that is deep and personal fills our heart this sad moment as our beloved Ildefonso “Kuya Boy” Cosico has peacefully closed the door of life and departed from us last Saturday, 29th September.

From the words of Albert Einstein, he said, “the value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” In one word, Kuya Boy was a man who gave. He gave so much to his family, work, and to his IRRI friends and colleagues.

Boy first joined IRRI as Statistical Clerk I and II from October 1975 to May 1980 at the Agricultural Economics Department. Later, he became Field Aide III at the same unit from June 1980 to December 1983.

Since January 1984 he worked with the Information Technology Services (ITS) department (formerly Computer Center and later renamed Computer Services Division) as Statistical Aide I & II, Console Operator, Systems Administrator, and Officer - Systems Administrator respectively.

Boy saw many generations of information technology hardware, software, and humanware and had adapted to every iteration with a professional attitude that made him ‘the rock’ of our institutional technology infrastructure.

In his 37 years in the Institute, Boy was a team player, generously giving his knowledge, expertise and skills. He was also a wonderful friend and a great colleague to IRRI staff. The life he lived can be summed up in a few words: sincere, earnest and loyal.

Boy worked with passion, commitment and energy in his career. All of us, who knew him, will miss a charming and generous individual. Our sorrow is slightly lessened with the comforting thought that we had the privilege of knowing him.

Goodbye, Boy. We will all miss you.

Written by ITS team

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