Jose Garcia Rosa

02/11/1927 - 11/21/2021


Obituary For Jose Garcia Rosa

Jose Garcia Rosa was born on February 11, 1927 in Sao Roque, Pico Island, Azores to Jose Garcia Rosa and Maria Avila Soares and had four siblings: Manuel, Rosaria, Noeila, and Idalina. After completing the middle school equivalent classes, he worked at Companhia Baleira at Cais do Pico and at the American base in Terceira.

He decided that he wanted to take the courses to be a lighthouse keeper and went to study in mainland Portugal. He was a lighthouse keeper at the Ponta Da Ilha Lighthouse, Manheha, Pico and at the Ponta Da Barca Lighthouse in Graciosa.

On the 30th of October 1958, he married Maria de Fatima da Silva Vieira better known as Fatinha. They had 3 children, Maria Jose, Jose Manuel, and Luis Alberto in Pico.

To give his family a better life, and more opportunities especially for his special needs daughter Maria Jose , they immigrated to the United States on December 6, 1966. Maria Isabel, who came as a traveler, was born in January 1967.

Life is hard when you start a new life with your family in a new country. Jose worked as a machinist, cutting iron in his new career in the United States in Los Banos and San Leandro.

He and Fatinha made a good living in California, buying their two houses in Hayward and Fremont, and to spend the summers, they had the ROSA house built in Sao Roque Pico Azores and visited during the summer more than 20 times.

He was a musician, played the snare drum in the marching band of his hometown in Sao Roque, Pico, and in the Filharmonica Uniao Popular for several years. He was a member of the IDES of Hayward and Alvarado, and was devoted to the Holy Spirit.

He was a good son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend! May God have his soul resting in peace with his Fatinha, Maria Jose, all his family and friends.


1 Dec


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 26320 Mission Boulevard Hayward, CA 94544 Get Directions »
1 Dec


11:30 AM

Our Lady of the Rosary Church 703 C Street Union City, CA 94587 Get Directions »
1 Dec


12:30 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary 703 C Street Union City, CA 94587 Get Directions »
1 Dec

Funeral Mass

12:30 PM

Our Lady of the Rosary 703 C Street Union City, CA 94587 Get Directions »
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  • 12/02/2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rosa family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • 11/28/2021

    Will never forget the motorcycle rides he would give me even if it was a small distance when visiting his mom, my avó Rosario.

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