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Jacinto Tavares



It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Jacinto Carvalho Tavares.  Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, July 16, 1956, Jacinto returned home to God on March 11, 2023, from Naples, Florida.

Jacinto and his family immigrated to Port Arthur, Ontario in December 1963.  He had a full childhood with his parents and siblings, and family that joined them in Canada.  He attended Corpus Christi and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools, grade 7-8 at St. Ignatius, before attending high school at Port Arthur Collegiate Institute. He worked in construction and enjoyed his time as a driller.  Eventually he went on to being an entrepreneur, working very hard, and enjoying the warmth that Florida had to offer.  He loved America as well as Canada and felt at home amongst the palm trees and the ocean as much as the lakes here in Northwestern Ontario.

Jacint or “Saint” as he was commonly known as, was active in his youth in Thunder Bay sports. He played soccer, and helped start the Portuguese Soccer Club, he also enjoyed golfing.  He loved to fish and spend time in the outdoors, he would have spent all day on the water if he could, especially with people who meant the most to him.  He was an avid sports watcher, watching soccer matches from all over the world, golf, football and hockey.  Saint was a friend to all.  He was funny, brilliant, stubborn, and proud.  A sometimes-quiet man whose kindness and compassion knew no limits.  He cherished his friendships and adored his family.

Jacinto is survived by his daughter Shanna (Tyler), and grandson Jacint ‘J.J.’ Tavares.  His siblings John Tavares (Linda), Maria Kolinski (Walter), Lurdes Ypma, Gloria Bylund (Doug) and Robert Tavares.  He is also survived by numerous other nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and cousins, and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents Francisco and Maria Tavares, and his brother Durval “David” Tavares.

Funeral Mass for Jacinto will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday March 28, 2023 at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Luigi Filippini. Those wishing to attend the service virtually may do so at Cremation has taken place. Interment will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Jacinto was strong and resilient man who fought cancer and won, he battled his autoimmune disorders daily.  I would have wished for more time on this earth together Pai.  We all would. God saw that you were tired and weary, so he whispered into your brother Dave’s ear, bring him home to me.  God Bless you and grant you peace, until we meet again.

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