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Maria Marcolina De Sousa | August 29, 1931 - June 25, 2009

Maria Marcolina De Sousa tragically lost her battle to cancer in her home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 77.Querida mai, avo, visa avo.Maria was born in Pico de Pedra, Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal on August 29, 1931. She immigrated from Portugal to Canada in 1965, where she joined her husband Jose De Sousa who had previously immigrated in 1963. Together they made Golden their home where they worked, raised their family and lived their lives till their passing away. Maria made her home in Golden for over forty-four years. Maria had a deep devotion to her family and friends. She will always be remembered for being kind, loving, caring, passionate and sincere. Maria was a selfless person always thinking of others before herself. She was beautiful inside and out. She had a great devotion to God and our Lady of Fatima and believed that they were instrumental in helping her overcome the many challenges in her life. Maria will remain the heart and soul of this family. She taught us the true meaning of what a family truly is through her unconditional love and caring ways. She molded our beautiful family which she leaves behind: three children, Francisco Silva, Filomena Alves, and Maria (Erle) Jones of Golden BC. Eight grandchildren; Kim Alves, Derrick Jones, Jarred Jones and Brittany Jones Golden, and Tina Silva of Saskatchewan; and Chris Alves, Raquel Silva, and Danielle Silva of Calgary. Seven great-grandchildren; D.J., Dylan, Telia and Tiara Bearchief of Saskatchewan. and Ryley, Jade and Keagan Crow of Calgary, and numerous nieces and nephews. Maria was predeceased by her husband Jose De Sousa who passed away on October 5, 1999. We are proud to be a testimonial to the kind of person she was and the life she led. Although pieces of our hearts are broken as she left us, she will continue to live on through our love that we carry in our hearts. Funeral Services were held at the Sacred Heart Church on July 4th 2009 with Father John Kellogg officiating. Querida mai que estejas em paiz por toda a eternidade com Jesus no ceu na Gloria do Pai Christo. 
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Brian E Johnson | December 08, 1954 - June 17, 2009

Brian: father, son, brother, uncle and friend to many passed away suddenly in Invermere, B.C. He was in the company of friends, mountain biking in the mountains he loved. Originally from Calgary, Brian has lived and worked in Invermere for 7 years. He moved to the valley for the lifestyle and was generous in sharing his love of the outdoors with all who knew and visited him; skiing in the winter, biking and hiking in the summer. Brian is survived by his daughter Caitlin and partner Francois; mother Betty; siblings Kathleen and Peter, Beverly and Richard, Bruce and Christina; and all of his nieces, nephews and friends. We miss you now and forever Brian. A Funeral Service took place on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 3 p.m. at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere, B.C. In lieu of flowers, a special memorial has been set up in Brian’s memory. Donations may be made to the Columbia Valley Cycling Society, P.O. Box 2709, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0. Arrangements are in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, B.C. 250-344-2958. 
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