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January 27, 1950 - October 24, 2012
Eduardo Marcos passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his Grippen Lake home on October 24 at the age of 62, after being diagnosed this past summer with pancreatic cancer. He faced this terrible disease with courage and dignity to the very last day. Eduardo emigrated with his family from Miranda-do-Douro, Portugal as a young boy in the 1950s and the family put down new roots in Toronto. His hometown and homeland remained close to his heart throughout his life. He attended Harbord C. I., Glendon College (York University) and the University of Windsor, graduating with a law degree in 1976 and thus becoming one of the first Portuguese-Canadian lawyers in the community. After being called to the bar, he established a most successful law practice in west Toronto. On account of his knowledgeability, competence, hard work, common sense and sound advice, he quickly developed the reputation of being one of the best in his field. He was a man of honesty, integrity and action who had tremendous vision and the tenacity to see his dreams to fruition. He loved nature and culture. He lived in Beeton and at Grippen Lake in order to be closer to nature. He spent countless hours outdoors on weekends and in the evenings, planting vegetable gardens and trees, chopping wood, landscaping and planning his next projects. He promoted Portuguese culture in Toronto by co-founding the Clube Transmontano in the late 1970s, and later by supporting many local "fado" singers with his annual New Year's Party that showcased their talents. His passion for the national song of Portugal became legendary within the community over time. These are just a few of the qualities that endeared him to those who knew him. He leaves behind his loving wife Ana, his eldest daughter Danielle, his son-in- law Justin, his grandson Adlen of whom he was so very proud, his middle son Benjamin, also a lawyer, his daughter-in-law Jennifer, his youngest daughter Sarah and her partner Étienne. He was also the beloved and much- admired brother of Mary and the proud uncle of Roger, Cristina, David, Raquel and Amanda. A Memorial mass will be held at St. Helen's Church, 1680 Dundas Street West, Toronto, on November 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Published in National Post on Nov. 10, 2012