ARRUDA, Jose de Medeiros


(January 12, 1937-May 19, 2016) – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jose de Medeiros Arruda peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 19, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jose was born in Sao Miguel, Azores to Lionilde (Medeiros) and Hermano Arruda.  Beloved husband and best friend of 51 years to Georgina da Estrela Cabral Arruda.  Loving and caring father of Isabelle (Michael) Wheten, Carlo (Trish) Arruda and Sylvia Arruda.   Proud Vavo of Jeremy, Cody, Matthew and Aaron Wheten and Jordan, Ryan, Cole and Ethan Arruda.  Dear brother of Evaristo (late Dialina) Arruda, Hermano (Margarida) Arruda,  Bernardino (Teresinha) Arruda, the late Conceicao (Alfredo) Cabral and Carlos (Ermelinda) Arruda.  Brother in law of the late Josue (Cecilia) Cabral, the late Ileuterio Cabral  and Joe (Maria) Medeiros.  Respected and adored by many nieces and nephews throughout Ontario and British Columbia.  He will be greatly missed by his dear friends, Anibal and Deolinda Barreiro and family.

Dad will always be remembered for his incredible smile, his energy and love of life. He enjoyed spending time in his garden, going to Tim Horton’s and Greyhound games with his best friend Anibal and of course, being “Vavo” to his eight grandsons.  Even in his final weeks, Dad made every effort to attend his grandsons’ hockey games, football practices and theatre performances.

Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5pm until 8pm.  Funeral mass at St. Gerard Majella Church on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11am with Rev. Francis Ezenezi.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the St. Gerard Majella Church Building Project or the Sault Area Hospital Foundation-Algoma District Cancer Program would be greatly appreciated.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Danny Hill, Dr. Mary Wilson, Dr. Peter Chow, Cindy Sheaves (RN), Debbie Collins-Maskell (Social Work) and the incredible staff of the Algoma District Cancer Clinic for your care, compassion and support throughout the past year.  Thank you also to Precy and Donna-Rae of ParaMed, Joanne Maki of CarePartners, Corey Murphy (Physiotherapist) and the staff of Medigas and Motion Specialties for the excellent care and service at home.

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May you rest in the arms of the angels, Dad.  Vai com Deus, Papa.  xo