It is with great sadness that the family of Gilberto dos Santos Rodrigues announces his passing on October 9, 2014 at the age of 82.
Gilberto was born in Lajes do Pico Azores, Portugal on April 24, 1932. It was on Pico that he met his wife Maria. In 1972, along with their two sons, they immigrated to Canada, making Castlegar their new home.
While on Pico, Gilberto worked on the family vineyards, orchards and farm to support his family. Once settled in Castlegar Gilberto worked at the local sawmill for 18 years until he retired.
He never lost his love for working the land, and continued to grow fruit and vegetables, as well as growing his own grapes for his wine.
Gilberto was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Maria, his parents Jose and Maria, two brothers Manuel and Jose, and his sister Maria.
Gilberto is survived by his sons Manuel (Karleen) and Paul (Traci), his grandchildren Travis (Larissa), Nicole (Tim), Jessica (Matt), and Cody and by three great grandchildren Sydney, Dawson, and Chase. He is also survived by his brother John (Eulalia), and many nieces and nephews.
Vigil Prayers were held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. David John at St. Rita’s Catholic Church on Thursday, October 16, 2014 followed by interment in Park Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.