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Family left to mourn after ‘well loved’ Azorean immigrant dies

A family has been left reeling following the sudden death of Joao Jose Carvalho, who died suddenly this weekend at the age of 43.

Mr Carvalho, a master mason from San Miguel in the Azores, came to Bermuda around eight years ago where he met and married his wife Suzanne.

Stepdaughter Brooke Mello said yesterday it is not yet known how he died, but the family suspect that it may have been a heart attack or an aneurysm.

“We're getting by day by day, moment by moment,” Mrs Mello said. “My mother is beside herself. She was older than him. She never thought she would be putting him to rest.”

She described her stepfather as a warm and loving man who was always eager to help those around him.

“He enjoyed boating, working and life in general,” she said. “He was a well loved, amazing man.

“He treated my children with love, as they were his own grandchildren. He was amazing.

“He was always there, always willing to lend a hand. Never any question.

“He was proud of everything he accomplished. Coming from a small town to Bermuda, getting married and having a new, extended family.

“He was renting an apartment but he was fixing it up like it was his own, putting in a new kitchen, new fittings and new thresholds.”

In the spirit of his love of building and helping others, the Mrs Mello said his family are asking for donations in his memory be sent to the Bermuda Overseas Mission.

Tom Butterfield of Masterworks said he knew Mr Carvalho through Suzanne's work with the Masterworks Foundation.

“He made Suzanne a very, very happy person,” Mr Butterfield said. “He every now and then would come around and do a little work, but it was his sense of life.

“He always had a smile on his face and he was just the most positive, considerate person.”

A service for Mr Carvalho will take place on Friday at the St John's Anglican Church in Pembroke.

Masterworks will close from midday on Friday out of respect for Mr Carvalho.

Jaoa Cavalho nad wife Suzann

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Published August 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 15, 2013 at 12:22 am)

Family left to mourn after ‘well loved’ Azorean immigrant dies

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