It is with great sadness and broken hearts that the family announces the passing of José Antonio Ferreira Matias. He died peacefully at home in the arms of God surrounded by his family. José left behind his beloved wife Maria do Carmo, 3 daughters; Paula(Ed), Graci(Marc) & Susie, and 3 grandchildren; Chase, Adriana & Chyanne. He will be immensely missed by many relatives and friends near and far.

José was born and raised in Ponta Garça on the beautiful island of Saõ Miguel, Açores and migrated to Canada in his early adult life to work as a highly-skilled, creative and talented mason and to build a future with his wife. His strength, courage and passion for life enabled him to always succeed. He was an extremely hard worker, an excellent family provider, a loyal and caring husband, a loving father & grandfather and a trustworthy, reliable friend with a great sense of humour. A respectable man. He loved family gatherings, gardening and being an active member of the Portuguese community where he spent a lot of time enjoying the company of his close friends and continuing to maintain Portuguese traditions. After a resilient and courageous battle with cancer, at 81 years of age, Jose’s calling came to move on to a place of no pain where only beauty and freedom exist. He will remain alive forever in the hearts of those who loved him, in the blessing of memories and in the fruits of his hard labour that he left behind. Now in God’s hands may he Rest In Peace.

A service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4635 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, on Monday, October 4th, 2021 at 11:00 am followed by a procession to Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who cared for José over the past few years as well as the staff at Red Cross, Palliative Care Nurses and Hospice Care Team for their amazing support and kindness during the end stage of his life. They would also like to thank all of the family and friends that have sent flowers, food and provided love and support throughout and especially during this very difficult time.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Zelia De Oliveira

    Thinking of all the Matias Family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Rosie & Eva

    We are saddened to hear about his passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this time.
    Xoxo Rosie & Eva Holmes

  • Nuno Moniz Araújo

    Sentidos pêsames para todos familiares e em especial a Maria do Carmo nesta face da vida tao difícil que infelizmente uns mais cedo outros mais tarde mas todos nós temos que passar . Querido e saudoso primo que andámos na escola juntos do primeiro dia ao último na mesma classe . Eterno em paz c/ Deus esperando por nós querido Primo

  • Scott Dawson / Maria SantoCristo Achadinha

    We were saddened by the news of Jose passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Matias family. He will always be remembered for his love of the outdoors, whether it be in the garden with family, out crabbing on the dock or even catching clams on Salt Spring Island. His smile, laughter and constant humour at all the family gatherings will be forever missed. These were great times that will not soon be forgotten. Wishing we could be there in this time of sorrow.…..
    Love and Prayers from The Dawson’s

  • Cathy Peverelle

    Thinking of the Matias family. You are in our thoughts.
    Take care,
    Cathy Peverelle and family

  • Raj Shankar

    My sincerest heartfelt condolences to each of you. Jose was a father figure to many of us that needed his love and support. Thank you Jose, I was truly blessed to know you. May you rest well in peace RIP
    Raj, Jason, Isabella, Christopher, Joshua and Emma ❤️❤️❤️

  • Natália

    Our condolences to you and the family. Let your dad be free of pain and join my dad in heaven. Your dad was a very kind person and always had a smile whether he was in pain or not. RIP Sr Jose ❤️ from the Viveiros family

  • Sonia Spence

    My heart is broken, my thoughts and prayers are with you all <3. I will cherish the memories now and always. May he rest in peace until you all meet again.

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