In Memory of

Marcelino

Rocha

"Ozorio"

Sousa

Obituary for Marcelino Rocha "Ozorio" Sousa

SOUSA, Marcelino Rocha - Passed away peacefully at Lissard House, Cambridge, on Tuesday January 23, 2024, at the age of 88, 2 days before his 89th birthday. Loving and devoted husband/Merido of Ilda. Cherished father/Pai of Emanuel (Laura) and Fatima (Dale). Extremely proud grandfather/’Vuvu’ of Chantelle (Jamie), Brandon (Lauren), Ryan, Bradley (Taylor), Zachary, Melissa and Jorja, as well as cherished Great-Grandfather/’Visavu’ of Aaliyah, Cyrus and Cohen. He is predeceased by his parents Francisco and Clara Sousa, siblings and in-laws, as well as his beloved friends (brother and sister of the heart) Manuel and Isabel Canto. Marcelino will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews in the USA.

Marcelino was born January 25, 1935 in Sao Pedro, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Portugal

Brother to 2 brothers Manuel, Ozorio and 2 sisters Aldina, Ermelinda, all predeceased.

He was nicknamed and well known in his life, after his older brother, "Ozorio".

He was always ALL about Family & of course soccer (Viva Porto!) right to the end! which was a major part of is life right to the end. His love of family and soccer is being carried on through all his family!

At 12 years old he began playing soccer in a juniors division in Portugal. He also worked at the early age of 12 to help provide for his parents and family. There he had an unfortunate work accident and lost his left middle finger, which exempted him from being recruited to the army.

At 17 years old, he went to play with Maritimo de Calheta, Sao Miguel.

At 26 years old, on May 6, 1961, he married the love of his life, Ilda Gouveia, his unconditionally devoted wife of almost 63 years, at the church of Sao Pedro, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Portugal.

In 1965, in preparing for his immigration to the US, Ilda became pregnant with their firstborn, a blessed son they named Emanuel.

Marcelino continued his journey to emigrate to provide a better life and future.

He arrived on January 15 1965 to Toronto, Canada staying with cousins 'Paquetes'.

The soccer clubs of Cambridge heard he was in Toronto and helped to bring him to Cambridge, where he played for Oriental soccer club for many years, into his forties, even having a match with son.

In 1966, while working in Kitchener, he was diagnosed with TB and spent a year in Kitchener Freeport hospital.

By the grace of God, he made a complete recovery. It was there he received the joyous news that he became a father to a son Emanuel born in Portugal.

Sacrificing over the next 2 years working day and night sending money back home, saving to provide a home here, to bring his wife and son.

In 1968 wife and son came to join Marcelino in Cambridge Ontario. The joy of having all three together, at last!

(later joined by beloved mother-in-law Rosa Gouveia and brother-in-law Jose Simao, who he supported, loved and treated as his own).

In 1969, they were blessed again with a second child, a daughter, Fatima.

He worked in the textile industry for many years until he retired from Montreal Woolens, due to a heart attack in 1993.
He was an extremely hard worker, 'Jack of all Trades’. He enjoyed maintaining his yards, admired by all. His car was always clean and driveways always as well. So meticulous and if he could anything blue & white in support of his favorite soccer team Porto FC, he would.

He never threw anything away, he could always use the little piece of wood for something and he always found something.

We remember all the good times from Ball Ave apartment, First home on Elmwood Ave, Thunderbird Drive, Fatima Cres. and now Remple Court.

Everywhere he lived, he created lasting friendships with the neighbors, always willing to help, build a shed, lay some concrete, weld some gates and make some wine, which he was always willing to share.

We remember him as a family man, always a giving man! An extremely hard worker, always taking that overtime shift, doing whatever he had to provide for all of us. A simple life but we never wanted anything.

We remember him as a very well-dressed man, no jeans for this guy, always a suit and tie, shined up shoes when he went out.

Sadly, diagnosed 13 years ago with dementia, he has had some high and lows with the disease. We did our best to provide the support and he was a fighter though it all, right to the end! Even with Dementia he always remembered who we were, and for that our family is extremely grateful! His wife was by his side, unwavering in her commitment to him. Ilda, a wife like no other, maintained her devout faith and spirit, truly allowing him to live his best life, in his own home during these difficult years.

His greatest joy was his 7 grandchildren, they came fast, and he thoroughly enjoyed them so close together. Made for some interesting Christmas gatherings. His favourite times were helping all of them, driving to school, sports, whatever they needed, he was always there.

The greatest joy continued with 3 Great Grandchildren: 2010, 2 born in 2015. All who created special bonds with him.

The times we spent together, all gathered in the 'basement' as family, were the best memories!

Tables always full of food and drink. Through all the generations, Kids, their pet dogs running around and him watching it all, laughing, smiling, high fives, sneaking treats to both kids and the dogs.

A full house was a happy house!

We’re sure he’s up in Heavens soccer field having the best game ever. GOOOAAALLL

He is free from pain now and in Gods loving, arms surrounded by family and friends who have since passed.

Rest in Peace Querido Merido/Pai/’Vuvu’/’Visavu’, This not Goodbye, just ‘See you later’ (Thumbs Up!)

A special thank you to all nurses, PSW's at Lisaard House. Extra special gratitude to Dr. Sandor and Michelle, PSWs Cidalia and Meron for the extreme compassionate care of Marcelino at home.

Resting at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St. Cambridge, where the family and friends will be received on Saturday January 27, 2024, from 10 am, until the time of the funeral mass to be celebrated at st. Ambrrose Roman Catholic Church, 210 South St, Cambridge, on Saturday January 27, 2024 at 12:30pm. Interment will follow at Mount View Cemetery. As as expression of sympathy, donations made to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.