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Born: Nov 01, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2020

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On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Manuel dos Santos de Sousa Calisto, surrounded by love, passed away at the age of 88.
Manuel is survived by his daughter Eddie (Gilbert) and five sons, Joe (Karen), George (Laura), Emanuel (Bradley), Luis (Lucy) Carlos (Judy); grandchildren, Kristle (Mike), Christopher (Cheryl), Khorie (Patricia), Shawn (Kelly), Shane (Rita), Kevin, Laura, Ashley and Chaise; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kalista, Alexander and Jonathan; sisters, Luisa, Almorinda and Fatima (Manuel) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Manuel was predeceased by his wife Jesuina; father José; mother Maria Virginia.
Manuel was born November 1, 1932 in Livramento, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal. He was a visionary and took risks beyond what most people living under a dictatorship would dare to do. He built two homes, as his family continued to grow, and invested in real estate. When his parents were about to get evicted from their family home, he bought the house so that his beloved mother and father could continue to live there. He shared what he had with those who had less. He loved celebrating - inviting people from the village to his annual New Year's Eve celebration - where there was lots of food and wine.
He was charismatic and built relationships all over the island. He was the first in his village to own a car and would often be seen driving people around the island to visit family or say goodbyes to those immigrating abroad. He made a living as a baker and delivered bread to the various villages on the island. He gave many their first jobs - including his two eldest sons, Joe and George - who at young age, would help out on deliveries before heading to school. He taught his daughter how to do the accounting for the business at seven years old. He was always seeing the potential and capabilities of his children.
In 1972, he immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada with his wife and six children. Since no one would rent a house to a family with six kids, he used the little money he saved to buy his first house in the west end. He was often heard telling his wife - who at first had a hard time adapting to Winnipeg's cold weather and way of life - "tem couragem." He continued to invest in real estate - always renovating and expanding the family home - leaving the street looking better as he moved to another area.
He instilled a strong work ethic in all of his children. He believed: if you work hard and make a life here, Canada provides you with many opportunities." He worked hard, first in commercial cleaning, then later construction and production at Dominion Tanners, and ConForce Industries for 25 years until his retirement.
He loved Canada for all the opportunities and freedom that it provided him and his family. After his wife passed away 25 years ago, he continued living in the family home, with fierce independence. He loved gardening and sharing his harvest with his family, friends and neighbours. He loved soccer and the Red and White Benfica.
In 2019, Manuel was diagnosed with advanced dementia, and his children had to make the heartbreaking decision to move him into Maples Care Home, where he adapted and lived until he tested positive for Covid-19 and died two weeks later. Even in his advanced age and condition, he made friends wherever he went. He had his favourite health care professionals at the home, and was blessed to have his favourite nurse with him and three of his children by his side as he left this world, surrounded by love and light.
Burial will be on November 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Cemetery and an FM system will broadcast the service to those in their cars. We ask that you respect Covid-19 protocols and attend accordingly. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba in Manuel's memory.

Descansa em paz - Forever in our hearts.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • We want to express our deepest condolences to the Calisto family on the loss of your father, may you find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering. We will miss him and remember him with fondness and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Filomena and Jose Moniz (Friends and neighbours) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • We are very sorry for your loss, our condolences to your family. - Posted by: Luis Aguiar (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Carlos and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you find some comfort in happy memories of your dad. - Posted by: Amber E (Coworker ) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • Dear Eddie and Manny. Lou and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father, alongside your mother, provided you many opportunities to love and laugh together. Our hope is that those memories and their love for you comfort you at this time. - Posted by: Lia Gervino (nd) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. - Posted by: Traci Baillie (friend) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • Just had to come here and leave a comment on how absolutely amazing you are. Your father is smiling down with pride and love at the devotion you showed him during the most difficult time in his life. The unfortunate events at the care home are tragic but you stood your ground and didn’t let anyone keep you away from caring and loving him until the end! And for that I applaud you...may your father Rest In Peace ♥️ - Posted by: Elaine Barreira (Just another Winnipeger) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • I did not know Manny’s father, although reading about him, I wish I did. Manny is one of the most genuine men that I have met in my lifetime and a true friend. I’m sure that his father instilled all of the kindness and the best traits that a father can pass to a son to Manny. I’m sure his father is proud of that legacy. May his memory be a blessing to all. God bless. Xo - Posted by: Valerie Metzker (Manny’s friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • My deepest condolences Luis to you, Lucy and the family. Your Father will stay in your heart and your memories forever❤ - Posted by: Susan Kendrick (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the family. God Bless May his memory be for a blessing. - Posted by: Elizabeth Hunt (friend of Emanuel) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Eddie, you handled this untenable situation with grace and strength. My deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Barb Deurbrouck (Friend of the family) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Mr Calisto's smile says it all. He was a generous soul, who filled a room with laughter and joy . I enjoyed our conversations at the mall, made my day! We are sending our heartfelt condolences and love to Luis, Lucy and the entire Calisto family. Love knows no boundaries 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Tania and Dan Gryszczuk (Friends of Luis and Lucy Calisto) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences to Carlos and the rest of his family on the loss of your father. - Posted by: Linda Rigby (friend (from Sherlock Holmes club)) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Eddie, you love and devotion to your Father is a tribute to him. Many in Winnipeg heard your story and prayed with you during your struggle to keep your Father as comfortable as possible under difficult conditions. BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.. Carol and Bill - Posted by: Carol Beitzel (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences Eddie to you and family. 🙏🏼 You are a brave soul! Kindest regards from Jean Baron McKenzie and family - Posted by: Jean and Robert McKenzie (Liberal Party) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • To Luis (Lucy) and all the family and friends of your loved one that has past. May you find peace in your hearts and cherish your memories of him. Condolences from my family to yours at this very sad time. Thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you. God Bless and hugs to everyone! Sincerely, Fran, Kerry, Ian, Tyson & Family - Posted by: Fran Kowalski-Mickey (Friends) on: Nov 14, 2020

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