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February 18, 1932 — April 10, 2021

The family of Manuel de Freitas regrets to announce his unexpected passing on April 10, 2021. He leaves behind his wife Maria, with whom he shared his life for over 64 years; their daughter Aida (Robert); and grandchildren Lauren and Morgan; as well as his many loving siblings, sister-in-law Lucy and many other brothers- and sisters-in-law.  He goes to join his son, Fernando de Freitas (d. August 2018).

Born in Lages, Portugal, Manuel came to Canada in 1957 to begin a life in Castlegar, BC; He and Maria moved to Kelowna, BC in the early 90s.

Manuel was curious, exuberant, and intelligent; he was also a notorious prankster. After fashioning wooden stamps in the shape of bear paw prints, he stamped the prints in the snow all around his workplace so that his co-workers would believe they were visited by bears. He was also so convincing that his co-workers bought his tale that spaghetti wasn’t a true pasta, but that it came from a plant that could be grown in the garden, taken-in they began looking for spaghetti seeds in the shops.

Manuel worked with his hands for most of his life and will be remembered fondly as a skilled woodworker, gardener, and handy-man.

Due to the current pandemic, the service for Manuel will be a private family affair. For those unable to attend the family suggests, in lieu of flowers, to honour Manuel with a donation to Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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  • Carol and Dale Ford says:

    Maria, It’s sad to hear of Manuel’s passing. We lived on Millard avenue in 1997 and enjoyed our visits over the fence. Being from Saskatchewan we were very interested in grapes that Manuel grew. He was so kind and even started a grapevine for us. Sincerely, Carol and Dale Ford

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Bev Rein (Postnikoff) says:

    It sadden me to see that your father had passed on. I have so many fond memories of him and your family. I will alway cherish those moments of my life. Gentle hugs and comforting thoughts. my prayers are with the family. ❤️❤️❤️ Bev Rein as well as Ron And Mable Postnikoff.

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