Manuel Lopes Silveira

manuel silveira

March 16, 1929 ~ June 21, 2023

Born in: Castelo Branco, Faial, Azores
Resided in: Union City, California

Manuel Lopes Silveira was born in Castelo Branco, Faial, Azores on March 16, 1929, to Manuel Silveira and Elvira Peixoto Silveira.  He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his first wife, Bernadete Amelia Duarte Silveira (married in May 1954); his second wife, Julia Goncalves Silveira (married in April 1984); and his sister, Valentina and his brother, Jose.  He is survived by his three sons, Manuel (Libby), Carlos (Cindy) and Tony (Marty); his grandchildren, Tony Jr., Melissa, Ryan (Nicole), and Andrew; his bonus grandchildren Matthew (Janiece), Tyler (Megan), Justin (Samara) and Anna; and his seven great grandchildren, Kaylee, Eli, Madelynn, Vernon, Delilah, Maverick and Waylon.  He is also survived by many godchildren, nieces and nephews.  All of whom he loved very much.

Manuel was raised on the island of Faial and joined the Portuguese Army where he served for several years.  After leaving the Army he married Bernadete and a year later welcomed their first son, Manuel.  Shortly thereafter, he immigrated to Canada and worked as a lumberjack in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada.  After sometime he went back to Faial to bring his wife and son back to Canada to live.  During that time, they found out they were expecting their second son, Carlos, who was born after he returned to Canada with family in tow.  Thirteen months later, while visiting family in Union City, California, they welcomed their third son, Tony.  He eventually moved to the United States and called Union City, California his home until his death.

Manuel worked at Pacific State Steel for a number of years.  He then went to work as a forklift operator at Peterbilt Motors where he retired with 18 years of service.  After retirement, he worked as the caretaker of the Newark Pavilion along with his second wife Julia.  Manuel was very active in the Portuguese community.  At the Newark Pavilion, he served as president, board member, caretaker, security and bartender.  He was well known for running Monday night bingo well into his eighties.  He was a regular at Friday night card parties.  Manuel enjoyed gardening, taking care of his fruit trees and loved to bake.

On June 21, Pai was called home and as the poem goes, God saw that he was getting tired and a cure was not be, so he put his arms around him and whispered “come to me”.


Visitation: June 26, 2023 5:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


Vigil/Rosary: June 26, 2023 6:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


Funeral Mass: June 27, 2023 11:00 am

Room: Church

Our Lady of the Rosary
703 C St.
Union City, CA 94587


Burial: June 27, 2023 12:30 pm

Room: Graveside

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
26320 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94544


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  1. CandleR.I.P. Tio I will miss you dearly , you may be gone but you’ll never be forgotten . Forever in my heart.❤️

  2. RIP Padrinho. Thank you for always loving me. I will miss our conversations 😢. Hope your dancing in heaven with your loved ones. I love ❤️

  3. Our sincere condolences, Silveira family. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand during your grief.

  4. I have fond memories of our time in Canada with Senhor Lopes as we used to call him. He and my parents, Jose and Maria Gomes were good friends. May he rest in peace and the perpetual light shine upon him. My sincere condolences to the family.

  5. Padrinho,I will miss listening to your voice on the other end of our phone calls 😢.I will miss your laugh,you sharing recipes and those conversations about what you cooked and baked.But most of all I will miss your smile that would light up the room.RIP and say hi to all the angels in heaven 🙏😢

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