Surrounded by her loved ones, the treasured matriarch of our family passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson’s and dementia. Throughout her 77 years, Bernadette De Souza never wavered from living her values – strength, love, and kindness. Bernadette was very practical and generous; she will be remembered as an amazing cook who took great pride in being around her children and grandchildren. Bernadette really enjoyed volunteering at church. She also loved music and dance and will be missed at all family gatherings where she sparkled and lit up the room with her energy.
Bernadette spent the last 5 years of her life in a long-term facility where the nursing team and the personal support workers provided amazing care to Bernadette. She leaves behind her children Karen (Ramon), Carlene (Donovan Ray), Stephen (Shalini), and Charmaine; her grandchildren Sarah, Rebecca, and Safira.
The funeral will be held at York Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto, on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm. The burial and reception will follow at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests to please consider making a donation in memory of Bernadette De Souza to Parkinson Canada.