In Memory of

Luis

Magalhães

Obituary for Luis Magalhães

Luis Ernesto Magalhães, 79, was welcomed into his heavenly home on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

A man of unwavering Catholic faith, he was a devoted husband of 49 years to his wife, TaíTaí; a loving, dedicated and proud father to daughters Ana (Ian), Cristina (Russ), Guida (Joel), Luisa (Mark) and Connie (Shawn). Gentle, humble, and always ready with a joke, he adored his 13 grandchildren, often proclaiming they were his greatest life achievement. Affectionately known as Avô, his legacy lives on in them: Aiden, Riley, Meaghan, Téa, Keenan, Kyla, Owen, Jonty, Adriana, Gabriela, Will, Violet and Catarina. He loved their company and never failed to make time for a game of chess or cards, a round of tennis, a playful wrestling match, any sports game on TV, a doughnut, an afternoon nap, even a chocolate shared together.

Predeceased by his wife, TaíTaí, parents, Margarida and António Magalhães, and sister Margarida, Luis is survived by his younger siblings, Ana Maria (Rui), Inês, and Eduardo (Salomé), nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Born in Portugal, raised in Mozambique, and professionally educated in Portugal and England, he settled in Winnipeg Canada with his young family. Luis was fond of adventure and the outdoors, and together they explored much of Canada and the United States by car, camping along the way. He regularly took his daughters swimming or a game of racquetball at the University of Manitoba, skating at St. Vital Park, tobogganing at Crescent Park, and cheered whole-heartedly at many of the kids and grandkids sports games and events. For decades, he organized a weekly bridge game with his good friends. Luis loved to meet up for a hot chocolate: he was an incredible listener and cared so much for people.

A professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, he was considered kind and approachable by students. Pious and humble, his commitment to the mission of Opus Dei was remarkable. A long-time volunteer at Casa do Minho Portuguese cultural center, together with his wife, they passed on their Portuguese traditions and language to their daughters and grandchildren. Upon retirement, Luis spent many years volunteering at the Victoria General Hospital visiting patients. During their final years together, Luis and his wife enjoyed living at Southpark Estates.
May Luis finally be at peace in the garden of the Lord.

A funeral mass will be held at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, Winnipeg, Friday December 8, 1:30pm, with a viewing prior to the mass.

Luis service was recorded, please click this link to watch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada for research and care for those living with dementia.