Our amazing father, Deocrecio Batista, has gone to be with our Mother (Castalia). Although we are deeply saddened by his passing, we are thankful that his pain and confusion has ended and he can now be at peace.
Our dad was born on July 18, 1932 in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. After 36 years in Portugal, he up and moved his family (three young children in tow) to Canada (Montreal), where his fourth child was born. We then moved to Preston and then to Galt where he lived out the rest of his life (so grateful to our sister Susie and her family for being his tireless, loving Caregivers for the past 8 years).
He took on all his roles (husband, father, friend, uncle, grandfather, entrepreneur, employee, Manager) with dedication, loyalty, and great energy, never complaining about any of them, even though his kids (never his grandkids) tested his patience on more than one occasion, he never once let us think that we were anything else but the best part of him.
He ended his work life with the Waterloo Separate School Board as Head Custodian, where he made many friends and appreciated all of them.
His passion was golf, playing as often as he could, holding annual "tournaments" with his friends, ending the long weekend fun with trophies, speeches, and a Portuguese style dinner with all of the families (kids were always included in the celebrations). He was a great ping pong player and in his active retirement years he was part of a Senior’s Bowling League. He loved being active and getting together with family and friends (who all were like family to us).
He leaves behind his grateful children, Paula (David), Nelia, Peter (Maria) and Susie (Brent), his beloved grandchildren, Steven, Nicole (Kyle), Ashley, Dawson and Cassidy, his great-grandchildren, Quinton, Aria and Naomi, his brother and first mate, Firmiliano (Mariana), his brother-in-law and best friend Rolando (Luisa), his cherished nieces, Grace (Ross), Manuela (John) and Ana (Peter) and his adored great-nieces and nephews, Hogan, Mikayla, Matheson, Carson, Taylor (recently deceased), Riley, Brenden and Ryan.
Rest in Peace Dad, your generous heart, great patience and tolerance and your love for your family will live on in our hearts.
Due to current Covid restrictions, a private family interment will take place on Monday, May 31st at Parklawn Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside the love of his life, our Mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated.