Alberto dos Santos Lemos
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Resident of El Sobrante
Alberto Lemos passed away on Thursday evening, July 7, 2011 at the age of 89 after struggling with lung disease. Alberto was considered both a leader and voice of the Portuguese-speaking community of California through his 39 years as owner and editor of the Jornal Portugu#234;s.
Alberto, born in Rio de Janiero, Brazil on September 9, 1921 and raised in Portugal, emigrated to the USA in 1955. Alberto worked in the British Consulate in Lisbon during WWII while earning his first college degree at the Instituto Comercial de Lisboa and the British Institute. In the U.S. Alberto obtained a certificate in Journalism from Laney College in 1974 and Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Latin American Studies with Honors from California State University at Hayward in 1976.
After arriving stateside in 1955, he acquired the Jornal Portugu#234;s (The Portuguese Journal) in 1957. The Portuguese government recognized his work at the Jornal by bestowing him with the Medal of Merit for service to Portuguese communities and inducting him into the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.
He was active in his retirement, traveling annually to Portugal and continuing to serve his peers and community through the C.C.C. Advisory Council on Aging.
Alberto is survived by his sister Marina of Portugal; niece Teresa; nephew Luis; ex-wife Heike: son Henrik (wife, Andrea); granddaughter Naomi; daughter Monica, by his second wife Marcia; step-daughter Maiza (husb, Fernando) and step-granddaughter Johannah.
Friends and family are invited to a viewing on Weds, July 13, 4-8pm at Holy Angels/St. Joseph's Cemetery, 2540 Church Ln, San Pablo; rosary at 7pm. Funeral Mass to follow on Thurs, July 14, 11am at St. Callistus Church, 3580 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante; burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on July 12, 2011