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MANUEL ANTONIO CORDEIRO
July 24, 1933 – August 24, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dad, husband and grandfather, Manuel Antonio Cordeiro, who was born in Grijo, Macedo De Cavaleiros, Portugal on July 24, 1933.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clotilde dos Anjos and Francisco Cordeiro; his brother Albino and sister Maria. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 57 years, Antonia da Conceicao Ferreirinha; his daughter Teressa (Tess); son Victor (Jocelyn); his two beloved grandchildren, Davis and Grier; his sister Teresa, and many nieces and nephews each with whom he held a unique relationship.
Manuel was raised in a happy and loving home in Grijo which he recalled fondly, sharing numerous stories about life in the old country. In 1955, at the age of 21, with an adventurous spirit he immigrated to Canada, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax on April 21. He embraced his opportunities in his new homeland and took on various jobs in eastern Canada, making his way to Manitoba where he worked in the mines in Thompson for eight years and finally settled in Winnipeg in 1963, when he married Antonia who had come from Portugal to join him. Manuel was a pioneer of the Portuguese community in Winnipeg, helping foster an entrepreneurial spirit among his compatriots. In 1972, he began the family furniture business - a small store on Broadway named Manuel's New and Used Furniture. Years of hard work and support from his wife and family and his winning personality resulted in the growth of the business, which moved to Selkirk Avenue, (Manuel's Furniture) and ultimately to its present location on St. James (Furniture Villa Brand Source). He was never shy to express how proud he was of his son Victor who took on and enhanced the business and of his daughter Teressa who exemplified his entrepreneurial spirit in her chosen field of education. Manuel was full of curiosity and a lifelong learner who enjoyed reading, travelling and a good conversation about the stock market, current and historical events. He had a wry sense of humour and was of generous spirit, supporting many community events and individuals. A committed family man, throughout his life Dad enjoyed gatherings with family and friends, sharing and telling stories that will continue to be told and appreciated by all who were touched by him. He was particularly delighted to hear the laughter of his grandchildren at the family backyard gatherings. Dad's best friend and favourite travelling companion was his wife Antonia, together they enjoyed many memorable trips among them to Mexico, Brazil, Hawaii, California and Las Vegas. As much as he enjoyed his travels and more recently annual trips to Portugal, Dad was always a proud Canadian, grateful for all of the possibilities this country provided him. He always reminded us "Canada is a good country". Manuel will be sadly missed by his wide circle of family and friends who held him in such high esteem. As he courageously fought his battle Dad expressed many times the love and appreciation he felt for his family and friends and how grateful he was for the full life he had lived.
The family would like to thank the nurses in the Palliative Care ward at St. Boniface Hospital for all of the kind attention they showed Dad. Dad's wishes had always been to offer a large gathering to the community of people who were so dear to him, however sadly due to Covid-19 restrictions and gathering limitations, please R.S.V.P. to Chapel Lawn Funeral Home between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 204-885-9715. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, 181 Austin St. N, Winnipeg, followed by entombment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Avenue.
Dad you taught us so much and instilled in us values which will remain as part of your legacy. We will love and cherish you forever in our hearts. Rest in eternal peace free of pain. Descanse em paz querido Pai,
Marido, Avo, Tio e grande Amigo.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Dear Antonia (Mama) Please accept my deepest sympathy to you, Victor, Tess and extended family on the passing of your loving husband, Manuel. May he Rest In Peace. You're in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. “ To Live in Hearts we leave behind, is not to Die “ Sincerely Daniel Ancelin - Posted by: Daniel Ancelin (Friend / employee) on: Sep 01, 2020
We are thinking of you and your family at this very sad time Tess. Sending love and hugs, Lana and Rob - Posted by: Lana and Rob Thorarinson (Friend) on: Sep 01, 2020
Will miss our chats about the stock market and you immigrating to Canada and moving all over looking for work. I'll especially miss when you would pop by my office unannounced to go for lunch when I had work piled up to my ears. It was always a nice break. So long amigo. - Posted by: Ryan Merner (Friend) on: Sep 01, 2020
Our sincere condolences. May your positive memories give you strength during this difficult time. - Posted by: Lise and Darren (Friends of Tess) on: Sep 01, 2020
My sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Kyllikki Ruus (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2020
We are very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was an honorable man and a great story teller. Greatest sympathies to the family. Much love, Allison, Gord and Gabrielle Wong and the Atamanchuk family - Posted by: Allison Wong (Friend of Tess) on: Aug 30, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Cordeiro Family at this difficult of loss. Mr. Cordeiro was such a cheerful man. Always went out of his way to greet us and update us on his beloved children. He was a great community business man. His contribution to the Community will forever be remembered. Anna Camilo & Roger Fernandes - Posted by: Anna Fernandes (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2020
My condolences. He was a strong community member and contributed greatly to it. Thank you - Posted by: Mário Santos (Friend ) on: Aug 30, 2020
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