Obituary

Beloved son of the late Antonio and Idalina da Cunha, Francisco passed away surrounded by family in the early morning of October 5th, 2021 at the age of 89. Francisco was the cherished husband of Gloria (nee Cachetas), adored father of Fernando, Robert and Marlene (Michael) as well as beloved and loving grandfather of Adam and Leandro. Francisco was predeceased by his brother, Fernando and sister, Rosa; he leaves behind his brothers, João (Maria Julia), José (Maria), Antonio (Rosa), Manuel (Lucilia) and sister, Maria (Joaquim) as well as sister in law, Luciene, and several nephews and nieces. He leaves behind family members in Canada, Portugal, France, Luxemburg and Brazil. 

Francisco faced great challenges in his life in Portugal and moved to Brazil at the early age of 18 to be with his cousin, José. His years in Rio de Janeiro were some of his most treasured; he loved to sing Brazilian songs, talk about Brazilian culture and joyfully recalled his time there. Francisco loved his family near and far, at the age of 26 he moved to Canada to be closer to his brother, Fernando. Francisco loved to work with his hands, he traded his woodworking carpentry skills learned, in Brazil, in exchange for operating the rugged lumber machines of northern Ontario until his retirement.

Francisco was a great conversationalist, he loved to tell stories, talk about history, had many friends and enjoyed a good laugh. He was a skilled tradesman who built three family homes for his family’s comfort.

The center of his life was his family, and the commitment to his wife was only surpassed by the deep love for each other, their children and their young grandchildren. He was always available for advice, politics, social opinions and telling stories. His wife and children are forever grateful for their time with him, and his memory remains in everyone’s heart as he will be greatly missed.  Donations in honour and memory of Mr. da Cunha may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 

  

Beginning July 16, 2021 the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is once again permitting visitations and services to take place that are open to the public. We must continue to maintain physical distancing, the wearing of masks and may not allow more than 50 guests at any one time. Once the maximum limit has been reached, we will ask any additional guests to kindly wait outside in a physically-distanced line until there is room to enter safely.

Visitation

Date
October 13, 2021
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home - Bathurst Chapel
Time
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Memo

Beginning July 16, 2021 the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is once again permitting visitations and services to take place that are open to the public. We must continue to maintain physical distancing, the wearing of masks and may not allow more than 50 guests at any one time. Once the maximum limit has been reached, we will ask any additional guests to kindly wait outside in a physically-distanced line until there is room to enter safely.

Date
October 13, 2021
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home - Bathurst Chapel
Time
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Memo

Beginning July 16, 2021 the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is once again permitting visitations and services to take place that are open to the public. We must continue to maintain physical distancing, the wearing of masks and may not allow more than 50 guests at any one time. Once the maximum limit has been reached, we will ask any additional guests to kindly wait outside in a physically-distanced line until there is room to enter safely.

Service

Date
October 14, 2021
Location
St. Helen's Parish - 1680 Dundas Street West
Time
10:00 AM

Burial

Date
October 14, 2021
Location
Park Lawn Cemetery
Time
11:15 AM
Memo

Cemetery arrival time is approximate and is subject to change.

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October 13, 2021
David Correia & Family
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. The world has lost a great man, and a role model. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.