elevated xAmTg  December 18, 1940 – June 21, 2023

elevated xAmTg Visitation
Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Cremation Services Chapel
6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T1N4 

elevated xAmTg Funeral Mass
Monday, June 26, 2023 at 11:00 am
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
3055 Bloor Street West,
Etobicoke, Ontario

elevated xAmTg Cremation
Assumption Catholic Cemetery & Crematorium
6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T1N4 

elevated xAmTg Obituary
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Marie Silva (nee Maria Armanda Soares). Marie passed peacefully on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, surrounded by her beloved family after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

elevated xAmTg Marie was kind, gentle, and graceful.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She experienced challenges in her life and tackled each of them with determination and focus relying on her Catholic faith to give her strength.

elevated xAmTg Marie leaves behind her son David (Rose), grandchildren Matthew and Emma, brother Mario (Adelina), sister Margarida, sister-in-law Lucia, nieces and nephews, Paula Costa (Armando), Nelson (Marisa), Paulo Jorge, Paula Soares (Pedro) and great nephews and nieces, Sarah, Lucas, Marina, Simao, and Afonso. She was predeceased by her brother Manuel and brother-in-law Francisco.

elevated xAmTg Marie was born on the island of Pico in the Azores (Portugal) on December 18, 1940.  In 1960, as a new bride, she left her parents and 3 siblings and immigrated to Canada to join her husband who had immigrated to Toronto several years earlier.  Marie always said that as soon as her plane landed, she knew Canada was where she belonged.

elevated xAmTg Marie welcomed her cherished son, David in 1961. She was a loving and devoted mother. Several years later she became a single mom with no family in Toronto to support and guide her.  She took this challenge head on and along with her young son, she began the journey of building a good life for them.  Early on she was be-friended by a co-work named Theresa Antaya, and soon, Theresa and her family became an important part of Marie and David’s life.

elevated xAmTg Being the sole provider, Marie knew that to succeed she needed to improve her English quickly. So, she set her mind and with a lot of hard work she mastered the language enough to begin a 28-year career with Bell Canada/Yellow Pages. 

elevated xAmTg In 1970, Marie’s eldest brother Manuel also immigrated to Toronto. Manuel was an immense support for Marie and David. He quickly and happily took on a fatherly role in David’s life.  In the years that followed, the family grew with the addition of Manuel’s wife Lucia, her parents, and their daughter Paula. Marie’s family, along with close friends the Antayas, became the centre of Marie’s life.

elevated xAmTg Marie’s devotion and hard work to succeed was inspirational. She would often have to travel 2.5 hours each way to work, taking several buses and subways, but she never complained. When David graduated from high school, he wanted to go straight to work to help financially but she wouldn’t hear of it.  She encouraged him to go to university and pave his own path – she didn’t need his help. When David graduated from university, she gave him enough money to buy his first car.  She had been putting aside the government “baby bonus” cheques from the day he was born.

elevated xAmTg Marie realized her dream of homeownership and purchased a condo. Several years later she bought a house in Etobicoke.  She loved her garden and spent all her spare time in the summer tending to it. Marie never learned to drive, instead she walked and used the city transit system.  She would regularly be seen walking in her neighbourhood. She also loved shopping, especially going to the Eaton Centre, sometimes even just to browse.

elevated xAmTg When her first grandchild Matthew was born, she was over the moon and retired early from Yellow Pages to help care for him – this gave her immense joy and purpose.  Her joy grew four years later with the addition of her granddaughter Emma.  She would take them to school, the library, spoil them at Starbucks, and of course, take them along on her shopping adventures.  She planted a butterfly bush for each of them in her garden.  They were her world.

elevated xAmTg Marie’s kind smile, gentle personality, and enduring compassion will be missed by all who knew her.   She was very special and will never be forgotten.

elevated xAmTg  Rest in peace sweet lady.

elevated xAmTg We would like to thank staff at the Toronto Western Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease and the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic, especially Marie’s neurologist, Dr. Connie Marras for her support, compassion, honesty, and guidance throughout Marie’s journey with Parkinson’s.  We extend our sincerest gratitude to Bambo Oluwadimu, Administrator at Kipling Acres Long Term Care Facility, and the entire staff for their compassion, dedication, care, and love. Especially to the following people who worked on the Sunnydale Unit:  Olivia, Cheryl, Martina, Claire, Nellie, Abbey, Previn, Alphia, Mayuri, Tenzin, Pryell, Adriana, Mary, Andrea, Eric, Derick, and the countless others, too many to name.

elevated xAmTg Gifts of funeral flowers or donations to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Canada will be greatly appreciated.

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