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Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2021

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It is with profound sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of Constança (Connie) Magalhaes on November 15, 2021, in Winnipeg, at the age of 71.
Above all things, Connie valued family. She was a dedicated wife of 49 years to Luis. A devoted mother, she instilled her exemplary courage and strength in her daughters, Ana (Ian), Cristina (Russ), Guida (Joel), Luisa (Mark) and Connie (Shawn). Fiercely loved and affectionately known as Avo by her grandchildren, Aiden, Riley, Meaghan, Téa, Keenan, Kyla, Owen, Jonty, Adriana, Gabriela, Will, Violet and Catarina, she shone so brightly in their company. Predeceased by her parents, Maria Teresa and Joao Figueiredo; she leaves behind her younger siblings, Jao and Pedro (Ana); nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends.
Born in Portugal, raised in Mozambique, and settled in Winnipeg, Connie generously shared her time with her community. A Girl Guide leader for decades, a well-loved and gifted teacher at the University of Manitoba, an avid volunteer at Folklarama and St. Mary's Academy, and most recently, a loved friend and leader at South Park Estates, she will be so very missed.
To the very end, Connie selflessly tended to the needs of others above her own, fulfilling her commitment to the service of God.
May she rest in eternal peace in the company of the angels and the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom she looked to for strength during life's great challenges.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Mary, Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Please note that there is limited space available at the church. 65 spaces will be available to guests, on a first-come basis.

Memorial donations may be made to:
Girl Guides of Canada Manitoba at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • It was only this evening through a friend that I heard of Connie's passing. I knew Connie and Luis from the very first days of them arriving in Canada. My husband (Don) and I enjoyed their company and their children and spent many a fun time together in the Summer and over other festive holidays.. My deepest sympathy to you girls and your families. Pat Trim - Posted by: Patricia A Trim (friend) on: May 05, 2022

  • Constanca was my professor about 12 years ago. She was very knowledgeable, kind and passionate. I always enjoyed her lectures and I learned a lot from her course. I look back very fondly at my time in her class. I never forgot her. Deepest condolences to the family. She was a very nice and wonderful person. - Posted by: Anonymous (Professor) on: Mar 12, 2022

  • Dear Luis and family, I am so very sorry to hear about this very deep loss for all of you. I will keep Connie and your whole family in my prayers. Joe Williams - Posted by: Joe Williams (Friend of Luis) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • It was with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of Constanca. We had known her for many years since the time when all of our children were quite young. During our visit to Portugal a number of years ago she graciously opened her home to us and kindly took us to visit many of the important sites across the country. Though our now being out of the country prevents us from paying our last respects in person, Tai Tai and her family are very much in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Joan & Mike Saxton (Friends ) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • It was with deep sadness that we learned of Constança's death. We remember Constança as a caring, selfless, charismatic, intelligent and dedicated person: one who was loved and admired by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Luis, her husband, with her daughters Ana Teresa, Cristina, Guida, Luisa and Connie, and with the rest of the bereaved family during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace, Constança! - Posted by: Elvira, Fátima and Carlos Mota (Friends) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • I had the privilege of knowing Connie through her work as a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba. I respected her very much and admired her work ethic and the students she taught had great respect for her also. She always went above and beyond to help her students when they came to talk to her. She was a very valuable member of the department. I enjoyed chats over coffee with Connie. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Pat Parish (Friend and Co-worker (University of Manitoba)) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • I actually didn't know Constanca very well, but I do know of her involvements. I remember her when she was mayor of the Casa Do Minho pavilion at Folklorama and conversated with her briefly. I also know of her teachings at the U of M and raising strong daughters. Thoughts are with her family and friends. - Posted by: Jon Lewak (Acquaintance) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Luis & family, We are shocked to learn the passing of Connie today. Since the pandemic, we missed the warm and friendly greetings of Luis & Connie who used to sit right behind us at the 9:00 mass. We are looking forward to seeing them again once pandemic is under control. We never expect this. She will be dearly missed. Our condolences to your family. We will keep Connie and your family in our prayers. Kevin Leung & Stella Ho - Posted by: Kevin Leung & Stella Ho (Friends from Mary, Mother of The Church ) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to you Louis and family. A couple of times a year before Covid, we as couples always enjoyed meeting for breakfast, sharing pictures and stories of trips and families. She also shared with us her annual reflections of their activities in the previous year. Connie was a caring, and gentle spirit that seemed to have no bounds. We continually updated our schedule to visit again but unfortunately Covid continued to disrupt these attempts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gerhard and Trudy Dyck - Posted by: Gerhard & Trudy Dyck (Friends from the university. ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • I’m very sorry for your loss Louis. - Posted by: Fred Wright (Old acquaintance ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Sorry for your loss Guida, Joel and family - Posted by: Val and Dean Wright (Softball/Ultimate community) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • I will offer up Mass for her soul. What a wonderful, wonderful family, the Magalhaes clan! Luis, my sincere condolences, mi más sentido pésame, for this unexpected loss. I know Connie/Tai Tai took good care of you, as well as of the rest of the family, and that she was a highly gifted woman. My regards to all her family members. My brother Javier, a friend of Luis and a colleague of Connie at the U. of Manitoba, will attend the funeral Mass. I will be especially united to all of you on November 23, in Montreal. Fr. Fernando. - Posted by: Father Fernando Mignone (friend of Luis) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Dear Luis, your family and many loved ones. Connie has consistently been a breath of fresh air and model of love. Her enthusiasm and support for all happening in our parish was one of the first things I noticed as a new parishioner. Sadly Covid has kept us far apart but forever close in our hearts. May her memory bring you great solace and peace during this very difficult time. ❤️ - Posted by: Nancy McAvoy Gajdosik (Fellow ‘congregant’ at our beloved Parish, Mary Mother of the Church ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Luis and family I was shocked to hear about Connie’s passing as I had just received a nice card from her after my husband’s recent death. I have many happy memories of our times in girl guides camping, travelling to Guelph, and spending time with our daughters. She was a very devoted mom to all her daughters and I ‘m sure just as devoted to her grandchildren. May all the wonderful memories she left you give you comfort. - Posted by: Anna Egan (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to your entire family. Your mom was an amazing person. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Teresa Labossiere (Old Neighbour ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Dear Magalhaes Family, I m saddened to hear of the passing of your wife and mom. I was a teacher to many of Magalhaes girls which is how I met your mom..,,I was always struck by her steadfastness and commitment to her family. You are a lucky bunch to have been blessed with such a beautiful mother - always a kind gracious person. My sincere condolences. - Posted by: Pam Lipischak St.Godard (acquaintance ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Dear Luis and family, I am saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your dear wife/mother and grandmother. I met Connie through bridge when she drove and picked up you (Luis) at my home and at PALS. As well, we were acquainted through Mary Mother and I witnessed firsthand her devotion to God and her family. Connie has left a legacy of love and wonderful memories for you to cherish. My sincerest sympathy to all her family, - Posted by: Carol De Baets (friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

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