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Born: Oct 17, 1942

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2022

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Born: October 17, 1942
Santa Maria, Açores, Portugal
Passed Away: January 9, 2022
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

He is survived by his wife and life companion Virginia, of 57 years and his three sons, Henrique (Lucille), Silvino (Cristina) and Daniel (Vania). He was the happiest when he was in the presence of his six grandchildren, Zachariah, Julina, Mateus, Tania, Liandro and Vasco. He also enjoyed visiting his last surviving sister, Conceiçao. José was predeceased by his brother Antonio, his sisters, Emilia and Maria, parents, Maria and Manuel.
José arrived in Canada 60 years ago on a cold January day as a young man looking for a better opportunity for his future family. It was supposed to be a temporary stay, but he ended up loving the country and its possibilities. He always gave it his all, from working for CNR, carrying bricks for construction, cooking as a line chef in Thompson or making fiberglass watercrafts and tanks. He arrived not knowing the language and with perseverance became a general manager.
José was also a very giving person, he helped many fellow immigrants settle in Winnipeg, he helped to establish cultural and religious events within the Portuguese community and tried hard to help those in need.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family. It could be a picnic in the park, a "matança", celebrating a birthday or doing renovations. What mattered was being together. There was nothing more special for him than our family dinners. Gathering around the table with his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law and especially his grandchildren. It often did not stop there, whenever anyone dropped by they were welcomed. "Há sempre lugar para todos." José instilled in his sons the very important virtues of peace, love and charity.
We know José is in a good place. His undoubting faith is an inspiration for many. He devoted his life to serving the Lord. He was a proud parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. As a member of the Knights of Columbus he supported many causes and missions and prepared many meals for the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen. He also enjoyed being a part of the cooking crew for the "Sopas do Espirito Santo". José founded the Winnipeg chapter of the "Romeiros"
A Prayer Vigil will be held on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Proof of being fully vaccinated will be required. A private Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Parish, 181 Austin St. N. Interment to follow in Assumption Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd. , Winnipeg, R3P 2T5.

Por melhor que seja uma casa, ela so se transformará em um lar, quando for aquecida pela lareira do diálogo, do amor, da ternura, da convivência e da troca de valores.
Padre Léo

Pessoas como nosso pai so morrem fisicamente, porque estarao sempre aqui, bem junto do pensamento e coraçao de cada um de nos. Ele foi e sempre será alguém que recordarmos com saudade e muito carinho. A saudade será sempre gigante, mas nunca maior do que o amor que sentimos por ele.
O nosso querido Esposo, Pai, Sogro e Avô José
Descanse Em Paz.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I had the great pleasure of working with Joe for many years at Equinox Industries. He was a proud man who always talked about his family and took care of his work family. Sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Lynda putter (Co worker) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Braga family upon hearing of your loss. We remember him from the many gatherings and knights suppers at the church. He was especially proud of his soupa de couve and the dinners that they worked so hard to prepare. He will be remembered in our prayers. God bless. - Posted by: Jose Reis & Bev. Reis (Friends and brother from Knights of Columbus) on: Jan 19, 2022

  • My deepest sympathies to the entire Braga family for your loss. My childhood memories of Mr Braga are of a lovely and kind man. Reading the adoring words of the family just solidifies those thoughts and memories. Wishing you peace and comfort. Take care Sue Romaniuk (Tharnovitch) - Posted by: Sue Romaniuk (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • My heart goes out to the whole family, so very sorry for your loss. To say, he's in a better place, is not all true, I realize, being down here with all his loving family, truly is a better place. what we do know for sure, with the size of that mans heart, he's being looked after by the best after life. When I was just 22 years old, had purchased my first cabin, then realizing shortly after, our septic system desperately needing up grading, and clearly not making, nor having a lot money, Jose, your father, having heard the desperate call from my Mother Emilia, lol, how word travels through the Portuguese community. Your father had given me a price for one of his septic tanks from Equinox. When I had arrived to pick it up, one very nice Saturday morning, the price had changed, no longer contractors cost, it was significantly less, he had said to me, you guys are young, and my way to help when I can, its at my cost, and don't tell anyone lol. Clearly, a memorable moment for me, I thanked him so very much. - Posted by: BRADLEY COSTA (Friend of the family ) on: Jan 14, 2022

  • Os nossos Sinceros Sentimentos para toda a Familia;;; que a sua alma descance na Paz do Senhor, - Posted by: Alcides & Marta Almeida (Friend's) on: Jan 12, 2022

  • We are so saddened to hear of Sr. Jose's passing. Our sincere condolences to the entire Braga family. Sr. Jose was a valued and highly regarded member of Immaculate Conception. His presence will be missed at church and he will be remembered as a humble and helpful man. Os nossos sentidos pêsames e forças a toda a família. Que sua alma descanse em paz 🙏. - Posted by: Amaral Family (Paulo, Paula, Ethan, and Tristan) (Family/Church Friends) on: Jan 12, 2022

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