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ANTONIO FERNANDES CERQUEIRA (published on January 05, 2010)

ANTONIO FERNANDES CERQUEIRA January 31, 1930 - December 31, 2009 Antonio Cerqueira passed suddenly just before noon this New Year's Eve. Beloved husband of Virginia and cherished father of daughters Elizabeth and Patricia (Alex Vieira); and son Alberto (Sandra, nee Berti). He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Paul Vieira (Tamara), Christina Vieira (James Hiebert), Anthony and Daniel Cerqueira. His great-grandchildren Jordan, Benjamin, Abigail, and Jadyn also miss their great-grandpa and pray for him in heaven. Antonio is survived by his brothers Franklin, Manuel and Costantino, and sisters Arminda, Alice, and Teresa. He was preceded by his parents Francisco and Purifica├žao and two younger bothers Luis and Amadeu. Antonio started life in Oleiros, Ponte da Barca, Minho, Portugal. A small village on a small mountain, in northern Portugal where he met Gina his wife of 57 years. Together in this small village they started raising a family and got on with their life's journey. His early career and passion was working in the business started by his father where he excelled as a pyro-technician, making and setting off large amounts of fireworks for local fairs and festivals. His greatest pride was the trophies won for excellence in pyrotechnica'. A lasting legacy of creativity in explosives, smoke and light. The family fortunes changed and Antonio started a grand adventure by moving to Canada in 1957, where without benefit of speaking the local language or the proper clothing, he settled in cold flat Winnipeg, Manitoba. His early days were spent working on Canada's infrastructure projects, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Manitoba's new northern hydro developments occupied many days in those early years. With his savings in hand he was able to call over his wife, children, brothers and sisters; a new chapter started in a new country for all of us. Once able to settle in, Antonio had a second career in Winnipeg working for Swifts and then later with P H Foods where they knew him as Tony who made his own wine. A committed and enthusiastic member of the new and growing Portuguese community in Winnipeg, Antonio was a founding member of the Portuguese Association in Winnipeg. His generosity and friendship will be missed by many in this extended family. We will miss him greatly in the times to come, but take solace in his advice given with heartfelt sincerity to our daughter/sister and her husband that very morning, Go and enjoy your life'. Words that we shall cherish as his blessing to us all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. Visitation will be held between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street. Friends are invited to arrive at any time between those hours. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 7, 2010 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 181 Austin Street N. with the Rev. Fr. Wladimir Porreca the celebrant. Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum in Assumption Cemetery, 3990 Portage Avenue. Following the interment a reception will be held at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street. All are welcome. 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Condolences

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