Born: April 29, 1940
Location: Lomba do Cavaleiro, Povoação, São Miguel, Açores
Son of: Manuel Francisco Pascoal Rocha & Alvira de Estrela Amaral
Emigrated to Canada: 1959
Jose passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Credit Valley Hospital April 5th 2021.
Loving and devoted husband to Maria São Jose Silva; proud father of the late Annette,(Val) Gomes, Judy(Robert) Cidadao and Mark Rocha. Grandfather to Matthew & Dylan Gomes and Emma & Brendan Cidadao. A musician who brought family together with his guitar. A lover of classic films, food and family, he took much joy from seeing the smiles of others at family gatherings.
Beloved father-in-law, brother-in-law, godfather, uncle & great uncle to many deeply loved family members in Canada, US, Portugal and Brazil.
Jose made a profession of retreading tires, with companies like United Tire, Bandag, and Crowe Tire.
His musical career included being the bass guitarist in ‘Os Sombras’, member of various musical and folklore groups including ‘Sieras de Portugal’, Folklore group of St. Ines and was deeply involved with the church choir, spreading his faith through song which ultimately inspired him to write & record his album - “Tu Es”. (Found in the media section)
He will be very sadly missed by family and many friends.
Due to COVID regulations, there will be a private viewing, ceremony and burial.
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