It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alberto Sousa on March 2, 2017 at the age 74. He passed in his sleep at the Thompson General Hospital with the love of family and friends.
Alberto is survived by his wife of 40 years, Maria Sousa, and their four children: Luz, Tony, George and Bonny. Alberto was lucky enough to have 5 grandchildren who adored him: Zara, Samuel, Sebastian, Matteo & Gianna.
Alberto immigrated from Portugal to Montreal at the age of 16 to live with his four brothers. In Montreal he learned to love hockey and speak both French & English before finding work in Winnipeg then eventually moving to Thompson in 1962.
INCO became his identity where he was known as a hard-worker and for the distinction of never missing a day’s work despite his 30 years of service! He was awarded with a position in Mines Training where he spent the later half of his career educating miners in their trade.
Alberto was known for several characteristics among his family and friends: he never complained, was stubborn, truthful to a fault, and possessed extreme loyalty. Perhaps his biggest legacy to Thompson was his yearly ritual of wine-making that fascinated residents for the month of September. There were few people in Thompson that were not aware of the “goose-crew brew”. Alberto Sousa taught several generations the art of traditional Portuguese wine-making. A mandatory stop for out of town INCO visitors was the Hemlock garage.
Funeral Service was held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1pm at the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Thompson with Father Guna officiating. Interment followed in the Thompson Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the support received by family and friends. Also, special thanks to the Thompson Hospital staff for their kind care in his final days.
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