Vital Silva Tavares, 81, of Comox, B.C., passed away peacefully holding the hand of his loving wife Linda Aranas on March 31, 2015, in Nanaimo General Hospital.
He was born in Silva Escura (Sever do Vouga), Portugal, on August 10, 1933.
He first came to Canada in 1960 where he lived in Montreal and Ontario, working in the mining industry. He finally settled in Comox while he worked for Westmin Myra Falls mining operations and work there until he retired.
He loved gardening, raising various animals (rabbits, exotic birds – his doves which he called his kookaroos), raising free range chickens, collecting free range eggs, and of course his beloved dog Amber. Visits at their home always resulted in an offer of a glass of his homemade wine. He enjoyed playing his accordion and guitar and was known for inviting his friends and loved ones to his home for a good meal and merriment.
He has been with his second wife Linda Aranas for the last 17 years. He was predeceased by his parents and two siblings. He is survived by his children from his first marriage (1 son, 1 daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren), 3 sisters, 3 brothers, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the 911 responders and paramedics who responded right away and assisted Linda Aranas. Also to the doctors and nurses in Comox (St. Joseph’s) and in Nanaimo General Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to The Kidney Foundation of Canada (www.kidney.ca) or The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (www.heartandstroke.com)
A closed casket funeral mass will be at Christ the King Parish (1599 Tunner Dr., Courtenay, 250-334-4716), Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 11am – burial at the cemetery to follow after.