Cecilia Fernandes of Etobicoke, Toronto passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Good Friday, March 30th, 2018, in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her husband, Michael in 1991. Dear mother of late Lawrence, Priscilla, Romano, Francesca, Cassandra, Agnelo, Peter and late Paul. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Michelle, Yohaan, William and Aviva and her great-grandchildren, Valeska and Bianca.
Cecilia Fernandes is dearly missed by her family and friends.
She raised seven children and loved and nurtured each. She took pride in her four grandchildren and was enthralled with her two great-grandchildren. As a teacher she loved teaching math. She was the heartthrob of her husband Michael who would pine for her.
On his passing, she immigrated to Canada and she loved it. She was not a traditionalist. She was open to new ideas and closely followed both Canadian and American issues, and voted at every election based on her own choice. She shared her thoughts and feelings with her peers and they loved her very much. She made new friends at the West End Seniors Club and enjoyed the fun and laughter at their weekly activities. She travelled with her peers touring Canada and USA. She was amazed with the beauty of Nova Scotia.
Her art permeated various areas. She was a foodie and liked tasting and preparing diverse cuisines. She was good at dress-making and she tailored her children’s clothes. In Canada, she took to making quilts learning at the Etobicoke Collegiate. Her art also showed in how well she drew sketches. She loved tennis – Raphael Nadal and Serena Williams were her favourites. She like going out – to events and celebrations. She loved the beauty of our parklands and often went to High Park.
She spoke joyfully, made the other feel loved and valued. During the last decade of her life, she accepted without complaint her mobility limitation due to a stroke and always said a big Thank You to the patient service workers and to her family. Right to the end, she had a good memory, she read the newspapers daily, played cards. She is famously remembered for her unique, sweet, penetrating smile. She believed in the virtues of peace and love. She lived in faith, went for pilgrimages and listened to the religious channel the views of an array of speakers and heard mass daily. She inspired us and we have beautiful memories of her. She leaves a legacy of love, forgiveness and acceptance.
Visitation and Funeral Service services to be held on:
Saturday, April 7th, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2J6 (Tomken Road and south of Bloor Street), Mississauga, as follows:
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Wake and Condolences
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Funeral Mass
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Private Cremation, Assumption Catholic Cemetery
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.