José Afonso

April 30, 2020 11 Condolences Print Obituary

April 16, 1940 - April 28, 2020

With a sad and heavy heart, we announce the passing of our loving and cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather – José Afonso.

Left to cherish his memory are: Maria Beatriz, his loving wife of 56 years, son Helder (Nela), daughter Maria de Fatima (Adan), grandchildren Alyssa, Andy (Marina), Chrissy (Andrew), Janine (Marek), delightful great granddaughter Nova, three sisters, one brother, and numerous relatives and friends.

Born in Cortes do Meio, at the base of the Serra da Estrela, the highest point in mainland Portugal, José is the second eldest of six siblings. José was conscripted to the Army in 1960 and was stationed in Angola. Ending his tour of duty, he returned home to marry Maria Beatriz in 1964. The family emigrated to Edmonton on January 19, 1968. Having been a Mill Operator in the textile industry, he adapted to life in Edmonton and worked in the Meat Packing industry until his retirement.

José loved his family dearly. He was often the ringleader as his grandchildren mimicked his dance moves and antics. He loved parties and music and was often overheard singing and whistling his favorite tunes. José was the family’s exuberant cheerleader. The beautiful landscape and hot springs of Banff and Jasper brought him much joy and he spent numerous long weekends with his family and friends camping in the mountain parks. Although his cognitive memory declined over the last few years, deep down we know that the love and compassion that he exemplified remained within him. Our treasured memories of him will endure. Rest in Peace Zé.

Prayers and Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese Parish.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations my be forwarded to St. Michael’s Seniors Health Group or Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

  1. My sincere condolences to the family. Hold on to your wonderful memories they will bring you comfort. Love and prayers. Xoxo

  2. Dear Helder, Nela, Andy and Janine, please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a father, father-in-law and grandfather.May the beautiful and fond memories are held close to your heart forever. May God give you the comfort of knowing he is at peace.
    Your friends, Anna and Eduardo Mota.

  3. Our condolences to your family. Hugs and kisses.

  4. Os nosso sentimentos para toda a família pena não podermos assistir nas Asim Deus quis senhora Beatriz pelas anos que nos se
    Conhecemos espero que a senhora esteja bem senhora Beatriz,Hélder and Fátima

    Hélder and Fátima

  5. My sincere condolences to the family, he was a good person he will be sadly missed.

  6. To the Afonso family with our deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one. A new star shines for you all, may he Rest In Peace.

  7. Our sincere condolences to the the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  8. Helder, Nela, Beatriz, and Fatima
    Our deepest condolences to the Afonso family. He have great memories of Jose. May he rest in Peace.
    From Antonio & Manuela Geraldes and family.

  9. Queridos amigos, D. Beatriz, Helder(Nela) e Maria de Fátima (Adan) é com o coração contrito pela dor, que vos endereçamos os nossos mais sentidos pêsames pelo falecimento do vosso ente querido José Afonso, nosso querido amigo ao longo de muitos anos.
    Que Deus vos dê forças para ultrapassarem o transe de dor porque passais neste momento, e ofereça ao vosso amado, Esposo, Pai, Avô e Bisavô, o descanso eterno.

  10. As nossas mais sentidas condolências a toda a família.

  11. Our deepest condolences to all the family. May he Rest In Peace.

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