February 8, 1928 – June 13, 2015
Afonso Rodrigues Tomas passed peacefully at home on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the age of 87 years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maria do Rosario; his three children, Joe (Susan), Ligia and Clayton (Anna-Marie)along with his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Afonso was born in the village of Lajedo on the island of Flores, Acores on February 8, 1928. He immigrated to Terrace in 1959 with his
family. His family was raised in a home he built himself while working multiple jobs. His
determination and work ethic saw him build thriving businesses, including Riverside Meats and the Skeena Driving School, which he owned for over a decade. He enjoyed spending his time fishing and in his garden. Afonso was a pillar of strength for his family and his love,
humour, stubbornness and bravery will be missed in equal measure.
His memorial service was held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Sacred Heart Parish in
Terrace. The family wishes to thank everyone for the kindness and love, shown in so many
ways, during this sad time. We also want to thank each of you for helping us
celebrate his life at the Memorial Mass.