OBITUARY

Daniel Cabral Andrade

June 25, 1972July 31, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that the Andrade family announce that Daniel Andrade, beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away at the age of 47 years on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 due to complications resulting from cardiac arrest suffered days prior.

Daniel will always be remembered as someone who selflessly cared more about others than he cared about himself. Making the people he cared about smile and laugh was a passion that fueled Daniel throughout his lifetime. Whether it was by telling jokes, buying gifts, hosting barbeques or simply offering his presence in someone else’s time of need, he would often go to great lengths to bring happiness and joy to the life of others, regardless of the sacrifice he had to make in order to do it. He was a man who very much preferred to give rather than receive. In his own words, and the words of those who loved him as well, he was awesome.

Daniel will be forever remembered by his parents Terencio and Lucia Andrade, common-law spouse Janelle Bulatao, his siblings Emanuel Andrade, Lisa Andrade and Michael Andrade, brother-in-law Robert Coulter, sister-in-law Lisa Cooper Andrade, his nieces Luanne and Carlene Coulter, his nephew Rio Andrade, as well as his extended family and friends that loved him dearly.

Family and friends may gather at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre - 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton (North of Steeles Avenue) 905-456-8190, on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Fisher Parish, 300 Balmoral Drive, Bramalea on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Interment at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or Diabetes Canada.

Online condolences and information at www.andrewscommunityfuneralcentre.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Evening Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Memories

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Steve Smith

August 5, 2019

Dan, although we have only known each other for the past few years, it always a pleasure to sit down and talk. You were always helpful , kind and passionate whenever we would discuss the industry.
May you Rest In Peace...
Our deepest and sincere condolences to your friends and family.
Steve and Christine and the entire Team from ESM Cobourg

Myrrel Cuevas

August 5, 2019

I am so sorry to have known you for a short time only Dan, but I know in my heart and in everyone ‘s heart that you are a well loved person. I am grateful that you made my niece Janelly very very happy, and that you loved her very much. Our family will miss your lovely smiles and your Dan’s Fact. May you Rest In Peace.

Our deepest sympathies to the Andrade family. May God give you comfort for the lost of your love one.

Nathalie Adams

August 4, 2019

I have heard through an email from our Human Resources (Cynthia) of the passing of Dan. Too soon, too young, may his family, friends and spouse find strength and peace to ease the pain of his passing.

Nathalie Adams
(colleague from Montreal office)

Jean-Louis, Julie and Anne Cabral

August 3, 2019

We will remember Dany as our great and cool cousin who was always there to make us feel part of our great Cabral family, since our young age. We will truly miss his smile and contagious and energy.

All our condoleances from Jean-Louis, Vilayvanh, Julie, Éric, Anne and Éric.

Craig Gibson

August 3, 2019

Aiden, Germaynne and I will very much miss our friend Dan for many years to come. He treated Aiden like a nephew and was always making him laugh with his basketball talk. Dan was well know for his fun and goofy sense of humour, and never being sad or ever mean.
We have great memories of Dan at our house and visiting his house for his big bad bodacious BBQ. I used to speak to Dan almost everyday about all kinds of silly things and that’s what I will miss the most. Dan was our reference of food, TV shows, all things Detroit and of course sports....
Dan was an avid golfer who loved Tiger Woods for as long as I have known him and it was great to see his beloved Tiger win the masters for him once more. He of course was overjoyed that his Raptors finally won their first championship and it was great to see him enjoy that happen.
I can’t think of Dan without being hungry for food or hearing about his restaurant antics. He loved food and we used to enjoy that and also bugging him for being hungry all the time.
Dan was a friend to everyone who he met and always made everyone laugh. I will only remember laughing when I think of him as I only ever did when we spoke or hung out.
Heaven just got one of the best comedians out there and I’m sure he’s making everyone else up there roll on the floor with his antics. We will remember Dan everyday for all the nice things he did, the people he made laugh and all the great things he did for everyone.
Much love and laughter Aiden, Germ and Craig

Biography

Memories of Daniel by his brother Mike.


Dan cheated death many times in his life. He had a heart attack more than a decade ago and was in and out of the hospital many times for a variety of health complications ever since. He’d usually only be there for a day or two, recover and then come home. He always used to joke and say “I’m a medical marvel! I’m like Superman. Doctors should study me.” He used to always say things like “When I die, I want to be buried in my Yzerman jersey.” Or “At my funeral, I don’t want people to be sad or dressed formal. I want them to be dressed comfy, laughing, and having a party. A Dan party.”

He always cared about other people more than he did himself. Even in this example, he was more concerned about the happiness of people who would attend his funeral more than he was his own death. He always wanted the memories of others to be great.

Life is a sum of memories. If you reflect on your lives, you likely only remember parts that made you feel something, both good and bad. What fuelled Dan was his passion to create great memories for other people. Happy memories.

When I look back at the sum of my life memories, I only associate Dan with good memories. Especially memories that made me laugh.

I remember times when my mom would do something for me and not for Dan, it could’ve been the smallest thing, and he would jokingly get upset that the same wasn’t done for him, turn to me and say “You know I used to be the favourite before you came along.”

I recall him taking me to the movies at least once a month, any movie, but especially Marvel movies. I’d usually ask about the comic backstory of certain characters and he passionately explained in depth. Around 2014 when Infinity War Part I and II, as it was known back then, was announced, he would look up to the sky and say “Please keep me alive to see these movies.”

I remember, as I’m sure many of you do, the times he would say “You can’t spell dance without Dan!” followed by a sad attempt at what he called dancing.

I remember if I was in my room upstairs, if my parents were sleeping, he’d go to the top of the basement steps and call me almost like a dog. “Psst. Mike. Pssst. Come check this out.” I’d go downstairs and he’d show me some big sports related news or a new movie trailer.

I remember how he always motivated me to improve through his jokes. Whenever I got back from one of my baseball games, if I said I lost he’d say something like “How can you even show your face. You know I built a foundation of greatness and winning associated with the Andrade name, and you lost!?”

Most importantly I remember our unique relationship. Dan was 18 years older than me so it was like he was half brother, half parent, but I only got the best of both worlds so it was incredible. In terms of a parent figure, he had 18 years more life experience than I did. He would give me advice on job hunting, dating, sports techniques and just life in general. Whenever I’d get a faded haircut, he used to always suggest “You should go right down to the wood. Us Andrade men have perfectly shaped heads to be bald.”. In terms of being a brother, going to Jays games, Raptor games, hockey pools, going to movies, baseball and hockey road trips, eating out at restaurants. There are too many to name.


It feels weird that’s he’s gone. A part of me feels like he’s on another business trip somewhere and I’ll just see him in a few weeks or something. His presence will forever be missed. Over the last few days though, I wonder if his presence ever ceased to exist.

Dan loved St. John Fisher parish. It was his childhood church back when my family lived down the street on Braemar. Even when my family moved to another part of Brampton and switched parishes, his heart remained here. He brought me here, just us two, for Christmas Eve mass 2004. We sat up there on the balcony and he went on and on about how much he loved this church. When my family was booking a parish for his funeral last week, circumstances came about where our current parish was not an option for today, but St. John Fisher was. Was it a sign from Dan? Maybe. Maybe not.

Before Dan died. He bought an engagement ring for Janelle. My mom and one of his friends knew about it. He only told Janelle “I hid something for you in the condo” and he was proud of the spot he hid it in. When Dan was in the hospital, Janelle was made aware that Dan had bought the ring, and when he passed, Janelle and I tried to find the ring that night with no luck. On Friday, shortly after St. John Fisher was confirmed to be the church for my brother’s funeral, the very church Dan had always intended to marry in, my mom received a text from Janelle saying she found the ring. Was that a sign from Dan? Maybe. Maybe not.

Dan was declared dead on Wednesday, July 31, however the doctors believed he became brain dead sometime around Monday morning. Monday night, two of my friends had a dream. One told me the next morning that she had opened up a door, it was all white, and she saw me and gave me a hug. Only after Dan was declared dead did she tell me the details she withheld. I was crying and she was comforting me in this dream because of the loss of my brother.

My other friend messaged me in the middle of that night and said she woke up from a nightmare involving me but was scared to tell me the details. I didn’t find out until Dan died, but at that moment she had written down the details of her dream in a Facebook message to her other account to timestamp it. When Dan was declared dead a few days later, she showed me the screenshots of these messages with the details of her dream.

She dreamed that I was giving a speech in front of gathered family and friends.

She dreamed about this exact moment. Were these dreams signs from Dan? Maybe. Maybe not.

But that’s what makes life so special. Every moment can be whatever you want it to be, it’s all about how you interpret it. Your perspective. You can make an ordinary moment, memorable. Or you can look at a sad situation and see the positive side in it.

That’s what Dan did. That’s what he was so good at. After his heart attack, Dan knew his time was limited. But instead of bringing him down, that motivated him. He started to take ordinary moments, and made them memorable, not just for himself but for everyone around him. He wouldn’t be sad that he had limited time, he made fun of it. He made everyone around him, and even himself believe he would live longer than the time he was expected to have. Which he did. He was told he wouldn’t live past 40, and lived to be 47. 47 awesome years.

The night Dan died, my mom looked at me and said “I was thinking all the pallbearers should wear Red Wing jerseys.” My initial split-second reaction in my head was “Ew. I don’t want to wear a Wings jersey.” But immediately after I thought. “Dan would absolutely love that. What a great idea. He’d get such a kick out of all the pallbearers, none of them Wings fans, wearing jerseys.” Did Dan put that idea in my mom’s head? Was THAT a sign from Dan? Definitely.

To Janelle’s family, thank you for welcoming my brother into your family with open arms. I could always tell by his interactions with you all that you guys loved and cared about him, and that he felt the same about you. I especially appreciate the many hours some of you spent in the hospital with us. It meant a lot that you guys loved him as much as we did. Thank you.

To Dan’s friends, especially his close friends, Dan used to always say “If he made fun of you, that meant he cared about you.” He cared about you guys so, so much. His face would light up telling stories about you guys. “This one time my buddy Tri” “This one time my buddy Craig” “This one time my buddy Fran”. I was lucky enough to go on some hockey road trips with you guys and the chemistry between all of you and Dan was magical. I loved being a spectator to it all because I couldn’t go 2 minutes without laughing. As much as you guys made fun of each other, you equally had each other’s backs and were there for each other whenever needed. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my brother’s life.

To my family, we lost a big, irreplaceable part of our family. We’ve been through a lot, but this by far is the most difficult situation we’ve had to deal with together. But I feel greatly comforted by the fact that I still have you guys in my life, and we’ll get through this together. One thing I love and that I’m so proud of with my family is that we are always there for each other. When my mom had her liver transplant, she was in the hospital for about a month, Dan was in the hospital for 9 days, neither of them spent a single second in the hospital alone. There was always one of us bedside, or in the waiting room at all times. Walking to their ICU rooms, you’d see other people, day or night, without anyone with them, but with my family, that’s not even an option. I’m comforted by that. Thank you.

To Janelle. It’s everyone’s wish to die happy, or at least have their loved ones die happy. Because of you I know that was the case with Dan. His best years on this earth were these last few with you. Before he met you, I always felt there was so much more for Dan to experience in this life. But he was missing motivation and a purpose to do it. He’d say things like “Oh I wanna visit there one day!” “I want to do this one day!” “One day I want to travel there.” But the last time he had travelled outside of Canada before he met you was 22 years prior. They were simply ideas trapped in a distant future. He found that motivation and purpose in you. These ideas he had became realities. You guys must’ve travelled to the U.S more than 10 times these last 3 and a half years. When you went to Cuba and Mexico, he never stopped talking about those trips. “The people were so friendly, the food was amazing! My family would love it there!” If his time were now to leave this earth, had he passed the way his life was before, I would’ve felt much worse because I would’ve felt that he had so much more to experience in his life. I find a lot of comfort, and I hope you do too, in the fact that you made his quality of life so much better. Whatever happens in the future, I’ll always look up to you like another sister.

To everyone, if you weren’t close to Dan, this day may come and go and years from now you may not remember today, but hopefully you remember a feeling. What that feeling is depends on what hits you. Maybe you hear stories about how much Dan gave so much and how that brought so much joy to others, and maybe that inspires you to do the same. Maybe you feel shocked at just how young Dan died, and maybe that inspires you to take more care of your own health. Or maybe you hear all these stories about how much Dan was loved, and maybe that inspires you to think about the legacy that you want to leave behind.

I’ll finish off my memories of Dan with a quote by Nelson Mandela. Dan had many quotes and photos of his in his room at my parents house. I went through his stuff this past weekend to try to find one of them and I found this quote that perfectly describes what Dan was.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, whom am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You were born to make manifest the glory of God. That is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”