It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Gilberto da Costa Ferreira on October 8, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Gilberto was Born February 4, 1934 in Ponta Garça, on the island of São Miguel, Açores, Portugal.

Gilberto is survived by his loving wife Maria Georgette, his children; Tony, Joe (Kathy), Linda (Steve), Victor (Natalia); grandchildren, Janene, Dylan, Emily, Josh, Raeside, Paisley and great grandchild Hudson.

Gilberto immigrated to Canada as a young man in 1956, as one of the first immigrants to arrive from the Açores Islands to build a better life for himself and future family.  He was an extremely hard worker and was not afraid to take on any challenge that would take him closer to his goal. This drive to succeed would eventually lead him to Campbell River and his job at the Elk Falls Pulp and Paper Mill where he worked as a longshoreman for over 35 years while simultaneously building 11 homes in the area for his growing family.

In addition to building a better life for himself, he also supported and paved the way for many other families in fulfilling their dreams of coming to Canada.

Those that knew Gilberto would describe him as an honest, hardworking man with a great sense of humor who had a deft hand at creating wine, which he was always happy to share with others.

He will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to thank all that have provided their loving support during this very difficult time.

A Service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4635 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria BC on Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Followed by a procession to Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria and a memorial reception in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Gino Ferreira

    We’ve lost a great man. A pioneer who did not only think of himself but of others. If not for my uncle I don’t I’d be the man i am today,Honest hard working man I am today. Gods speed Tio

  • Rosa Powell

    My deepest condolences to all the family. Sending hugs.

  • Maria Patko

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Gilberto.
    I will also cherish all the fun times our families shared growing up.
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may our Lord comfort you and your loved ones.

  • Medeiros & Rossi family

    To the Ferreira Family

    May fond memories of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather bring you comfort during this hard time. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. I/We am/are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Gilberto. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
    Jose & Margarida Medeiros

    To the Ferreira family,

    Our condolences to you and your family. Know that you are in our prayers and thoughts!
    Linda, Steve, Raeside and Paisley thinking of you all during this difficult time! Hugs

  • Tony Fantillo

    My deepest condolences to Maria and family…Gilberto was one of a kind…always friendly and generous…

  • Laurie Enns

    Georgette and family, condolences to all of you on the loss of Gilbert. May God’s peace and comfort be with all of you.
    Love Laurie Ferreira-Enns

  • Hurd Family

    Sending our deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your family

  • Manuel and Manuela Teixeira

    Manuel Teixeira e Esposa
    As nossas sentimentos a todos da família principalmente para sua esposa

  • Faye Andrade

    À minha família portuguesa, apresento as minhas mais profundas condolências pela perda do Tio Gilberto. Acho que conheci bem este braço da família, tendo passado tanto tempo juntos nos verões em Campbell River. Sim, estou trapaceando e usando um tradutor, mas desenvolvi um verdadeiro apreço pela língua e ele me ajudou a cultivar isso. Para homenageá-lo, desejo transmitir minha mensagem na língua em que ele nasceu. Na verdade, tornei-me suficientemente fluente para entender uma piada que ele contou sobre um pescador. Espero que ele esteja se lembrando daquele dia e esteja rindo. Ele fará falta para muitos. Muitos abracoes.

  • Joe de Frias

    My deepest condolences to all the family!!

  • Alice

    Os nossos sentimentos a toda a família que Deus lhe Déia o eterno descanso um abraço à família

  • Ana Andrade

    He will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all at this most difficult time. Sending hugs for all of you.

  • Leni Andrade

    May God comfort you during these difficult days. My most heartfelt condolences.

  • Michelle Carreiro

    My heart breaks for the family he was a great man with a big heart. He will be missed by all that loved him. Sending my love to you all. From Michelle, Selina, Gabriel and Ronaldo Carreiro.

  • Colette

    Dearest Georgette and family,
    We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mr. Ferreira. Although no words can ease the pain of your grief, we would like to send our wishes of strength, courage, and love to all of you.
    Our condolences and love,
    Colette and Fadine Farahani

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