Filomena was born April 28th, 1935, in Sao Miguel, Azores. She married her husband Maximino on November 29th, 1958. Soon after, she became the proud mother to four children: Luis, Tony (Antonia), Filomena (Armando), and predeceased son Max (Sheila). Her husband immigrated to Canada in 1970 where he worked to start a new life for his family. Two years later Filomena immigrated to Brampton with her four young children. The family had a home on John St. and shortly after moved to a home on Ardglen Dr., where Filomena happily lived independently for the rest of her life.
In addition to her dedicated role as a wife and mother, Filomena worked full-time at Carlton Cards. She loved this job and the people she worked with. Whenever she received a card, she would nonchalantly turn the card over, when she saw the card was from Carlton Cards she would proudly look up and say “Carlton Cards” (which would always give us a great laugh).
As the years passed her family grew and she was blessed to become a grandmother (vavo) to Andrew, Amanda, Matthew, Christopher, Anita, Kevin, and David. Filomena continued to be blessed with the birth of her great-grandchildren Zayla, and Leo, who she admired.
Filomena was very faithful. Her morning routine consisted of watching Mass on TV and praying along to the rosary. She had great faith in Santo Cristo. This faith brought her comfort and strength to battle the many difficulties she experienced in her life.
She experienced the greatest joy when she had visitors come to chat with her while she sat in her garage on a warm day. She had several hobbies throughout her life. In the warm months, she would bring clean water and food to the birds outside daily. She sang, crocheted, put the nicest flower arrangements together, and enjoyed tasty foods, like sushi and Tim Hortons Iced Caps. Filomena was a great cook, and she made the best pizza. It brought her joy to know you were leaving her house with a full belly.
Filomena, Mom, Vavo, will be remembered for her generous heart, sweet personality, amazing sense of humour, and selflessness.
On the eve of Sunday, December 24th, 2023, Filomena Sousa passed away peacefully, lovingly surrounded by her family. She was welcomed into the gates of heaven by her husband Maximino and her son Max. We will miss her greatly but remember how blessed we are every day to have made as many memories as we have had with her.
The family will receive family and friends at the Ward Funeral Home (Brampton Chapel) 52 Main Street, South Brampton on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 4 pm-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish 101 Malta Avenue, Brampton on Saturday, December 30th, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.
Entombment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery to follow service.