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Mrs. Bridget Ida De Souza

October 8, 1937February 17, 2021
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Bridget Ida De Souza (née D’Souza), beloved and devoted wife and mother, died peacefully on Wednesday February 17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario at the age of 83. Bridget Ida is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Aloysius Phillip De Souza, and daughter, Dr. Claire Michelle De Souza. Bridget Ida was born on October 8, 1937 in Zanzibar, East Africa to Ruth (née De Souza) and Feliciano D’Souza. She was sister to Altina Lobo (née D’Souza) and Father Stanley D'Souza (recently deceased). She studied at St. Joseph’s Convent School in Zanzibar. She enjoyed spending time with friends in Zanzibar and in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania. She traveled to the United Kingdom where she trained and worked as a nurse and a midwife in London and in Oxford. She fondly recalled travelling by bicycle in Oxford to support mothers-to-be in the community. She rose to the ranks of nursing administration in London, England. On September 12, 1970, she married fellow Zanzibari Dr. Aloysius De Souza whom she had known since childhood. He studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and commenced his family practice in England.

The couple moved to Canada in 1976 and soon after, established a successful medical practice in Scarborough from 1977 until 2014 where Bridget Ida provided support to countless families. She was proud to see her daughter embrace the medical field and continue the family commitment to serving the community. Bridget Ida took great pride in her Goan ancestry from Parra, Goa and from Zanzibar, East Africa. Perhaps because she was born on an island, or due to wonderful memories spent sailing on a ship with her dad, a naval engineer, she loved to be close to the water, and especially enjoyed cruises with her family. She was an active and dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Highland Creek, Scarborough and found great comfort in her Catholic faith. She will be remembered as caring and compassionate, and dedicated to helping others. She will be greatly missed.

The service was live streamed and can be viewed at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/west-hill-on/bridget-de-souza-10063113. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.giffenmackscarborough.com for the De Souza family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to True North Aid in memory of Bridget Ida De Souza at https://truenorthaid.ca/donate/.

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    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Elvira and Tony D'Souza

February 27, 2021

Dear Dr. Aloysius and Dr. Claire,

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ida. Our prayers are with you and for her soul, that she may rest in the peace of Christ.

With fond memories of our friendship and all the good she has done for our family be assured she will help you more so now than ever.

Love,

Elvira and Tony

Irfan Mian

February 26, 2021

Dear Claire and Dr. Se Souza - my deepest condolences on your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Irfan Mian

Linda & Suria nee Rebeyro Cotta

February 26, 2021

Dear Tina and Ida's family,

Our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My memories go back to our school days in Zanzibar. The kindness and thoughtfulness of the De Souza family and passed down to the children will always be remembered. God bless you all and may Ida rest in peace.

Lilyan Moraes

February 26, 2021

Dear Dr. Aloysius and Claire

Our heartfelt condolences on the passing away of dear Ida.

We pray God gives you the strength to bear this great loss with fortitude and courage.

May her soul rest in peace.

Lilyan and Izar
( Daughter of Mabel D'Souza)

Lucy Goveas

February 26, 2021

Further to my earlier condolence message, I wish to advise that just after watching the livestream of Bridget Ida, I was pleased to note from Dr. Claire's eulogy what a fulfilling life Claire shared with her parents. Also, the name of my mother who Dr. Al looked after was Lourdes Gonsalves (mother of Cajetan, Philomena (deceased), Lucy and Loretta) and the Nursing home was in Whitby, Ontario.

May the Lord grant Bridget Ida Eternal Rest and may her soul Rest In Peace.
Lucy Goveas, Ottawa, Ontario

Lucy Goveas

February 26, 2021

My sincere condolences go to Dr. Aloysius, daughter Dr. Claire & her sister, Altina Lobo. May God give you all the peace, strength & courage to carry on and hold on to the good memories you have of Bridget Ida.
I remember well when my dear departed mother spoke of Dr. Al’s kindness when he was her doctor at a Nursing home in Toronto many years ago. He was very patient & full of humour.
May Bridget Ida’s soul Rest In Peace.

Grace and Patrick Dowling

February 26, 2021

Deepest condolences to Ida's family. She was a dear friend who visited us in Biggin Hill, Kent, UK before she was married, and later met up with us in Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. We enjoyed her company enormously , and we developed a deep affection for her. May she rest in Peace. Much love, Paddy and Grace.

Regina Pinto

February 26, 2021

My heartfelt condolences Dr.Aloyius and Clarire at the passing of A Ida.I am Regina,A Irene from Byculla, Bombay,India daughter . We have fond memories of A Ida when she lived next door to us. A real beauty, with a loving heart, and a joyful spirit. Always at the service of others. Praying that Dr Al and Dr Claire
Receives Gods consolation. Rest in peace A Ida.

Betty Pereira

February 26, 2021

Dear Alyoisus and Claire,

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Ida’s passing. So soon after loosing Fr. Stanley. Our deepest condolences to you and Claire at this difficult time.

We will remember Ida with fond memories especially when she visited our home in Kenya, when she resided in the UK. The fun time we spent with her filled with laughter, parties and dancing to the wee hours of the morning! She was always game to try out anything. The one thing that sticks out is how particular she was about doing things correctly. She excelled in her career and reminded us of the numbers of babies she delivered! The numbers were staggering!

Cling on to your memories of loving times spent together. We too mourn her and share in your grief. May Ida rest in the peace of Christ.

With love and in sympathy,

Betty, Trevor and Giles Pereira
(Uncle Thomas Lobo’s daughter)



Tina Lobo

February 25, 2021

Dear Al and Clair,
It is sad to lose a younger sister and that too so close after losing our only brother, Fr. Stanley, S.J.

My children and I will be keeping you both in our prayers for the next 40 days.

May Ida's soul Rest in Peace.

Tina and family.

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