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SANTOS, Joseph

February 7, 1939 – Bombay (Mumbai), India
May 11, 2019 – Cochrane, Alberta

An outstanding figure who enriched the lives of many in the community of Medicine Hat, Alberta, for over 40 years, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Cochrane, Alberta.

Joe Santos was born on February 7, 1939 and raised in Bombay (Mumbai), India. His family heritage hailed from the predominantly catholic state of Goa. To his articulate and elegant family members in Goa and Bombay he was affectionately known as “Joe-boy”.

He was predeceased by his father, John Marshall D’Souza Santos; his mother Rose Adeline D’Souza Santos; his older sister Yolanda (Joe Monteiro); and his beloved aunty Maggie and uncle Jock Mendoza; and his cousin Tony Santos.

Joe is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 55 years, Irene; son Paul (Marina); daughter Pamela (Chris); proud grandsons Lewis and Evan; younger sister Prisca (Walter) Fernandes; niece Joanita; nephews Sonjoy, Floyd, Glenn, and Dion. He will be fondly remembered by all of his in-laws from the McAtear and McCafferty families in Scotland and England.

He was somewhat of a “career and cultural polymath”; he was educated, enjoyed life, and contributed to the culture in three different countries; India, United Kingdom, and Canada where he was a chef-de-cuisine, welder/ foreman, and finally a high school teacher.

He obtained his B.Ed at age 45 in 1984 and was so pleased when he secured a full time position at Medicine Hat High School in 1992. After retirement, he was a regular fixture on the substitute circuit until he was 76 years old!! He was well respected and loved by his students, neighbours, soccer players, and those who benefitted from his assistance and friendship. To many he was quite simply the embodiment of a gentleman, scholar, and Renaissance man.

Always the giver and never the taker, Joe was known for his warm-heartedness, exceeding generosity, infectious smile, and unyielding desire to advance the fortunes of others, particularly those on the down side of advantage. He was a ubiquitous and prominent figure in the volunteer community: a successful boys and girls soccer coach, director, and vice president in the Medicine Hat Minor Soccer Association; active member in the catholic community assisting many refugees and immigrants of all walks with the challenges of being a newcomer; and numerous other pursuits related to the well-being of others.

Joe’s final four years with Irene were spent in Calgary being close to daughter Pamela and the medical expertise that was required due to his aortic stenosis and onsetting dementia – leaving his neighbours and social network in Medicine Hat was challenging for him.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive NW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Brian Hubka officiating. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

If friends so desire, the family encourages memorial donations to a charity of their choice.

Joe’s family wishes to thank the staff of the cardiology and neurology teams at the Foothills Hospital and all of the medical community that attended to him.

In living memory of Joseph Santos, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Pamela and family,
    I was so sad to hear of your father’s passing. I know he was your dear friend as well as beloved father.
    We are praying for you to have some comfort in the love of the rest of your family and friends.
    Love,
    Lisa, Peter, Pierson, and Charlie

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  2. Phil Michailides

    Paul, Pamela and Irene,
    Sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May Joe’s memory be eternal.
    Family Phil Michailides

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  3. Dearest Aunty Irene, Paul/Marina/Lewis/Evan, Pamela/Chris, please accept our sympathies as we share your grief and pain. You are all in or thoughts and prayers. We pray that uncle ” Joe-boy” enjoys God’s loving embrace now and ever more.
    Love
    Floyd/Michelle/Noah/Caleb

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  4. Our most loving condolences to the whole Santos clan.
    Joe was a gentle man in every sense. The world would benefit to have more like Joe and because we could call him friend, we have been blessed.
    All our love

    Peter & Marie Devine, Mississauga, Ont.

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  5. Eileen Turtle (Devine)

    Irene and family. My deepest condolences on the loss of Joe. May he rest in peace.

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  6. Irene, our deepest sympathy to you, Paul, Pam and families. Being involved with Joe for many many years with minor soccer, we got to see and get to know one of the kindest, gentleman I have ever met and was proud to call a friend. My son, Harry Fettig learned so much from Joe. Well respected, loved and will be missed by many. Our prayers and warmest thoughts are with you at this time. We will be making a donation in memory of Joe to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation. Hugs, Brian & Darlene Neigum

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  7. Dearest Aunty Irene, Pamela & Chris, Paul & Marina, Lewis & Evan
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you, as you struggle through grief and sadness. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We miss Joeboy terribly, especially Mum…
    Love Dion & Quintina, Prisca, Glenn.

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  8. Christina Koenig

    Dear Irene and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I have thought of you often since your move and missed the neighbourly visits we often had. With sincere sympathy,
    Christina Koenig

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  9. Sincere sympathy to Irene and family. He was a kind and caring gentleman who will be missed by many!

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  10. Pamela and Irene, I am so sorry for your loss. You made many wonderful memories with Joe over the years and were fortunate to have him in your lives. May your faith and those memories along with the love of family and good friends support you.

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  11. Pamela, Irene and Paul, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We regret not being able to attend the service but send our love.

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  12. Hi Irene,
    I’m so sorry to read the news regarding Joseph, I really enjoyed his company whenever he came for his appointments with Dr Rinaldi. I just wanted you to know I am thinking about you throughout these trying times.

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  13. Peter & Maureen Lesko

    To Our Dear Irene and Her Family, we are so sad you have lost your wonderful Husband and Father. How Blessed were we to have known you Both. To have shared our faith and friendship was an Honor. Joe’s passing is truly a loss for All……..Love and Prayers , from Peter and Maureen

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  14. Randy and Carol Bray

    Dear Irene, Paul, Pamela and families. Such a shock just now as I opened up the Med. Hat Obituaries. We are so very sad to learn of the passing of Joe. Such a wonderful husband, father and Grandfather. We are sending hugs, prayers and sympathies to you all. May all your cherished memories help you all through the coming weeks and months. Thinking of you with love.

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  15. Mr. (Joe) Santos was an extraordinary man. He was a mentor, teacher, neighbour, and most importantly, a friend. He will forever be remembered for cooking the best beef tongue, and evenings watching Jeopardy. He was loved, and endlessly loving. ♥️

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  16. Dear Irene, Paul, Pamela and families,
    My deepest condolences and sympathy to you all on the passing of Joe. I feel blessed to have known him. He was one of our favorite table tennis players in Medicine Hat. I always loved to play with him. Joe was also very good at the sport. No doubt you will miss him terribly. May you be blessed with your many memories. God bless you.

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  17. Dearest Aunty Irene, Pamela & Chris, Paul & Marina, Lewis & Evan,
    One cannot fathom the terrible sadness and grief one experiences of losing a LOVED one, especially a BELOVED human being such as Joeboy; our Beloved Uncle, my Dearest Godfather, and now my special Guardian Angel, alongside his loving sister, my mum Yola, together in heaven!. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you, Irene, Pamela, Paul, Marina Lewis and Evan, as you struggle through immense grief and sadness. You do know that you all are very much in our thoughts and prayers.
    We will miss him terribly – his gentle reassuring voice, his genuine concern for our well being , his sardonic wit, his love for family first… Rest in Peace Dear uncle Joeboy
    love and Prayers- Sonjoy, Sharmila and Joshua Jivan Monteiro

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  18. Anne Lehr (Clarke)

    Dear Irene and Family, Our heartfelt condolences to all of you! Joe was a very kind and gentle soul! My parents (Jim and Nell Clarke) respected and loved him dearly and my father honored his friendship and their time spent together!
    Sending you lots of Love and Light Anne and Ken Lehr

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  19. Irene Pamela Paul & family.So sorry to hear of Joes passing he was a such a special man a gentleman .We are all thinking of you all remembering good times in Medicine Hat. Love Jean Mc Brearty Trish Kenny & family James Angela & families.XXX

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  20. Irene and Family. We read of Joe’s passing and are sending you our deepest condolences as we will not be able to attend the service. John has many wonderful memories of their times together in soccer and their friendship. Know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. John and Gilda Fode

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  21. Maureen and Cyril Bender

    To the Santos family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Although it has many years since we have seen Joe – we have fond memories of him – a heart of gold, kind, compassionate man and always there to help out. We served on the Medicine Hat Soccer Association for many years together. Thank you Joe for all of your assistance!
    Memories are there to remind us of the things that have gone before. He will be in your hearts forever and watching from Heaven to make sure his family is doing well.

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  22. Materna Martinez

    Irene and family,
    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies. May his soul Rest In Peace.

    Love from Gary and maty Martinez
    Joe,Dion and Jay Paragas.

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  23. Ashoke Ahluwalia

    Dear Irene, Paul, Pamela et al

    Please except my sincere condolences for the passing of Joe. Some of my most fond memories are of Joe picking us up in 1976 in Medicine Hat at the Greyhound Station, he was so inviting and warm.

    If I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m truly sorry I cannot be there today.

    Ashoke

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  24. I would like to send my condolences to Irene. So sorry for your loss of Joe. Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

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