The wife of one of the casualties at the Abu Dhabi gas explosion on Monday described her man as a loving husband and a doting father.
Elna Villason Gasis, 32, said that her husband, Clark, 33, was on his way for a medical check as the latter was on the process of renewing his visa.
“My husband seldom left the house as he was working from home. On that day (August 31), he first dropped me off to work at 8am. Then he went to his office to get some papers and proceeded for his medical check up,” Elna told Gulf News.
“At around 10.30 am, our office chat group was abuzz with news of the restaurant blast. I immediately messaged my husband because we used to live near the restaurant – a family favourite – along Rashid Bin Saeed Street. When I did not get any reply, I decided to call him but his phone was off. I called him four more times but his phone was not ringing. At 1pm, during lunch break, I decided to go to the clinic to check if my husband was still there. I had no cash with me, so I borrowed Dh50 from a friend for a taxi. I was very anxious and my fears were growing,” she added.
She tried to call her husband’s office but a workmate told her that her hasn’t returned to the office yet. Elna visited where the gas explosion happened and saw her husband’s car from afar.
“I found a way to get nearer and saw the car was empty. There were only papers, some bread and a half-empty water bottle,” Elna said.
“My friends prepared me dinner as I hadn’t eaten the whole day. Gently, they broke to me the heart-breaking news – my husband was one of the confirmed casualties. The following day, I also got a call from the Philippine Embassy. They assured me that they will provide all necessary assistance,” she added.
The Filipina widowed described Clark as a very loving husband and a doting father.
“Very kind, patient, hardworking, considerate and thoughtful – that was my husband,” Elna said. “Even if he was busy working, he would find time to cook and do other household chores. And after a day’s work, he would spend time with our kids – aged five (girl) and four (boy) – and do Zumba. He was also very focused on our kids’ online classes,” she said.