Obituary

José Marçal dos Santos was born on December 26, 1931 in Valongo-Palhais (Sertã), Portugal and passed away peacefully at Toronto Grace Hospital on July 6, 2024 at the age of 92. He was the beloved husband of Ilda Pereira dos Santos for 62 years.

Pai was adored by his three children Victor (Patricia), Paul (Emily), Susan (Ian). He was a cherished Avô to his grandchildren Katharine (Jérémie), Alexander (Monica), Valerie (Mehdi), Madeline and Kalen, and a loving great-grandfather to Natalia.

Predeceased by his parents Manuel Marçal dos Santos and Maria Margarida, and sisters Maria Costa and Alice Alves, José is survived by his siblings Elvira Nunes, Abilio dos Santos, and Henriqueta Jesus Santos Batista.

All who knew José can speak to his warm presence, big laugh, and the ease in which he made friends wherever he went.

José immigrated to Canada from Portugal in January 1970 with the intentions of building a better life for his family, earning his trade as an electrician at George Brown College, and later working at Guild Electric and Ontario Hydro before retiring at age 65.  José was kind, caring and helpful–always willing to lend a hand to neighbours, friends and family and the Portuguese community to complete electrical work needed within their homes.

 José had a great affinity for gardening and wine making. In the early spring he would start growing vegetables in the yard, tending to the plants throughout the summer.  In the early fall,  he would begin preparing to make wine with his brother Abilio and other extended family members. During his retirement, José would also spend many months of the year in Portugal with Ilda, where they would visit friends and family and tend to their fruit orchards.

 

The family extends deep appreciation to the entire Palliative Care team at Toronto Grace Hospital for providing outstanding care, ensuring our father was treated with dignity in his final weeks.

The visitation will be held at Cardinal Funeral Homes on Friday July 12, 4-8pm (92 Annette Street, Toronto), with the funeral service held on Saturday July 13, 10am at Saint Anthony’s Church (1041 Bloor Street West, Toronto), followed by the entombment at Prospect Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Health Centre or the Toronto Grace Hospital.

 

Descanse em paz eterna José dos Santos.

 

Visitation

Date
July 12, 2024
Location
Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette Street Chapel
Time
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Service

Date
July 13, 2024
Location
St. Anthony's Church
Time
10:00 AM

Entombment

Date
July 13, 2024
Location
Prospect Cemetery
Time
11:30 AM

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July 12, 2024
Evelyn
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this rough time.
July 12, 2024
Ana, Steve, Brittany and Tyler
Our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace
July 10, 2024
Roy Peart
Beloved head of his family and wonderful husband to Ilda. Jose my friend you showed people your big heart. I am glad we had good times together even though they were few. You will be missed. I pray that the peace of God our Saviour Jesus be with your loved ones His is a peace that passes understanding ( Philippians 4:7). It cannot be earned or bought. It can only be received. It is a gift that comes when Christ has residence in our hearts. May this be so for us all. Friend Roy Peart with condolences from my wife Linda and the Lau family
July 09, 2024
Carmela
Expressing deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. May peace find a place in your heart.
July 09, 2024
Carmela Casciaro
Expressing deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. May peace find a place in your heart.
July 09, 2024
Nino and Carmela Casciaro
Expressing deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. May peace find a place in your heart.
July 09, 2024
Richard and Carol Vandervecht
Victor, Patricia and family, so very sorry to hear about your loss. Cherish the many memories you have and ensure they are always treasured. What a long and wonderful full life...God's speed Mr. Dos Santos.
July 09, 2024
Anna and Carmen Faranda
Sending our deepest condolences to Paul, Emily, and the whole family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
July 08, 2024
Joseph Arruda
My deeply condolence to you Paul and your family. May he be in peace in up above.
July 08, 2024
Marcella & John Rocha
Our deepest sympathy to you, the dos Santos & Hutchinson Families. Jose was a wonderful longtime friend & neighbour. May he Rest In Peace & be welcomed Home.🙏