elevated MVMHW 1937-2021
elevated MVMHW Obituary
elevated MVMHW Colman George de Souza, of Burlington, Ontario passed away on April 13th at the age of 84. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Colman faced life and death with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Rosemarie, of 55 years, his son Russell, daughter-in-law Celine, and his grandson Ethan, his pride and joy. He is predeceased by his grandchildren Phoebe and Evan.
elevated MVMHW Colman was born in Rangoon, Burma to Helen and Edwin de Souza. He was the oldest of 3 children: brothers Alwyn and Eden, and sister Claudette. Colman was a beloved uncle and brother-in-law to many. He married his beloved Rosemarie in 1965, and they emigrated from Karachi, Pakistan to Canada in 1966. He lived in Markham, Ontario for 40 years, where he was a devoted Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Parish. He directed advertising and marketing research with Grant Advertising, Foster Advertising, the Financial Post, and the National Post, from where he retired in 2000 as Vice-President of Media and Director of Research.
elevated MVMHW Colman was the life of their many parties, and made friends everywhere he went. We will never forget the anniversary dinners, the SYP, the Sarasota Six, and nights of bridge and investing advice. He was an avid photographer, stamp collector, and gardener. He loved trains, birds, music, and a good glass of scotch, most often shared with his brother Eden. He and Rosemarie traveled the world.
elevated MVMHW His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, care-coordinators, and personal support workers provided through the Burlington Local Health Integration Network, Acclaim Health, VON, Right-At-Home, and Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. This support allowed Colman to pass away peacefully and with dignity in his own home as was his wish. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that you consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or Acclaim Health.
elevated MVMHW Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Colman will be interred along with his brother Alwyn at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Thornhill in a private family gathering. We are planning a Celebration of Life to take place in the future, as conditions permit.