NEVES FRANCISCO DAS DORES PEREIRA August 5, 1926 -- February 27, 2009 Passed away peacefully with his family at his side at York Central Hospital after a long and brave struggle without complaints and an unfailingly positive attitude. Loving husband of Urmilla, proud father of Neville, Jon, Suresh and Louella, beloved grandfather to Evan, Madeleine, Jesse and Jasmine, kind son-in-law to Susan (deceased), brother to Zulema (deceased), brother-in-law to Xavier, and uncle to Jocelyn. Neves was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Orphaned at the age of six, Neves was raised by Father Godinho in Goa, India. Over the course of thirteen years of university education, Neves earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Bombay, London University, and at the age of 44, Masters and PhD in Physics from the University of Toronto. Using his intellect and passion for learning Neves pulled himself up from humble and impoverished beginnings. An accomplished, self-taught musician, Neves played several instruments including the oboe, classical guitar and violin. A high point among his musical accomplishments was conducting the Mombasa Choral Society. A lifelong educator, Neves was the Principal of the Dr. Robeiro Goan School in Nairobi, and after moving to Canada in 1965, headed the Physics department for many years at Agincourt CI where he helped develop curriculum including the first Astronomy courses. Neves ended his teaching career as the Education Director at the Ontario Science Centre, leading the gifted science student program. Neves raised his three sons with love and kindness while also passing on his dedication, drive and determination. He was knowledgeable on many topics yet also a humble man. The family dinner table was home to many wonderful discussions his sons took guidance from. For those lessons and countless other gifts including the generosity, kindness and welcome extended to all our friends, who knew his house was always open to them, we will always be grateful. Viewing: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2-4, 7-9 p.m., Highland Funeral Home, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham, (404/16th Ave). Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, Our Lady Queen of the World, 10411 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill (N. of Major Mackenzie), with interment to follow, and reception at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would gratefully appreciate donations to Saint Catherine's Orphanage, Mumbai (c/o Urmilla Pereira at Highland Funeral Home). Neves helped bring his beloved granddaughter from this home.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 3, 2009