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Obituary for Filomena Tavares Fontes (Braga)

Fontes Filomena, (January 23, 1922 - February 28, 2024.)

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Filomena (nee Braga Tavares) Fontes, at 102 years of age. Filomena passed away peacefully at home, with family at her side. Filomena is pre-deceased by her husband Jose Moura Fontes (January 2006) and her eldest daughter Salete Fontes Bairos, who passed December 18, 2022. Filomena is the last surviving of her siblings and is survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family residing in Winnipeg, Alberta, Massachusetts, California and the Azores, Portugal.

Filomena, more affectionately known as ‘Phoebe’, was our matriarch and our hero. She worked tirelessly and selflessly all her life and was a beacon of light who led by example and whom we are proud to call our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A fiercely strong woman in her beliefs and demeanour, Filomena was a devote catholic and proud member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Cambridge for several years.

Filomena and Jose met and married on the Island of Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal in 1944 and eventually immigrated to Saskatoon, Sask., in 1962 and 1964, where they lived for 5 years before moving to Cambridge, Ontario. Here they settled for the remainder of their married life. Jose and Filomena have seven children: Salete Fontes Bairos (Angelo, deceased). Carlos Fontes (Maria Ines Dias); Terry Fontes (Mary); Harold Fontes (Marsha); Edward Fontes (Heather); Anna Machado (Jose Armando); Mary Freitas (Jose Antonio). Her grandchildren are: Carmen Bairos (Mani), Tony Bairos (Denise) Sally Bairos Reid (Nathan), Jenny Bairos (Dustin), Jeff Fontes (Kathy), Julie Bailey (Dan) Lisa Escalante (Marvin), Steven Fontes (Tanya), Amy Vermaak (Cam), Sarah Veiga (Gary), Christine Munro (Cory), Mark Machado (Kyla), Matthew Machado (Amela), Michelle Shah (Joey), Jason Fontes (Yvonne) and James Freitas. Filomena is also the proud great grandmother of twenty-five beautiful children.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Mark Brown and his sense of humour and listening ear over the years. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the palliative care team this past year, their expertise, empathy and support won’t be forgotten. Dr. Holling, Michelle, Shelley (and daughters) and Elaine. A special thank you to nurses - Erin, Rodin, Geeta and Jodi. These ladies are truly a credit to their profession and showed such compassion over the last number of months. And our sincere gratitude to Paramed personal support workers Diana, Nancy and Lynn. You always treated Phoebe with such respect and care. You are angels. We will miss Filomena’s presence deeply and look fondly back on all the family gatherings and memories made over the years. She will be with God, and we are comforted in knowing she is joining her beloved Jose and her daughter Salete, whose loss Filomena never really recovered from. God bless you ‘Pheobe’ and may you rest in peace. Juizo na cabeca!

Resting at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St, N. Cambridge where family and friends will be received on Monday March 4, 2024, from 5-8p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, 185 Elgin St, S. Cambridge on Tuesday March 5, 2024, at 10a.m. Interment to follow at Parklawn Cemetery.