Augusto Soares DaSilva
Augusto Soares DaSilva
  • April 19, 1937 - September 21, 2017
  • Salinas, California

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Augusto(Gus)Soares DaSilva passed away on Thursday September 21, 2017 in Salinas California surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Maria DaSilva; daughter, Dolores (Mike) Aliotti; son, Albert (Sarah), four grandsons, Anthony, Michael, Antonio, Nickolas, and two brothers Eddie DaSilva and Joe Silviera.

He was born on April 19th, 1937 in Faial, Acores. Born to Jose Silveira DaSilva and Maria Dos Anjos Pereira Soares a humble family with 4 brothers. When the opportunity arose to travel to Lisbon, Portugal as a private chef, a brave 14 year-old boy left his home. During his time in Lisbon, he used his street smarts to budget his allowance for food to leave a little pocket change for himself unbeknownst to his boss. This was his way of saving, to start an independent life. When he was 21 years-old, he served his required time in the Portuguese military, returning after to Lisbon for a job as a baker. This became one of his lifelong passions. In 1963, his brother Edwine came to visit him and wanted him to take a job as a baker in Faial so that he could later send for him to come to the United States.

During the time at his job in Faial, Gus was struck by the beauty of the love of his life, Maria Manuela. While enjoying festivities of a festa in town, they finally caught each others eyes while he was out in town and she was safely in the balcony of her Godmother's home. Maria knew that he was secretly persuing her. Her father however was not so sure of this older man. After about 2 years of courtship in 1966, they were married. As a gift to his bride he made their wedding cake. In 1967 they made their courageous journey to the United States along side his brother Mario and family. They settled in the small town of Pacific Grove, California where they were embraced by his brothers and the surrounding Portuguese community. During that time they were blessed with their first child Dolores and worked hard to purchase their first home. In 1973 came the best fishing buddy, their son Albert.

In 1985, with the help of his son doing gardening jobs, Gus was able to save enough money to take his family back to Faial, Portugal to share his roots with his children after 20 years. Gus had many talents such as gardening at Mrs. Buckley's mansion, cooking at Asilomar alongside his brother Eddie, and eventually landing a fulltime position for the City of Pacific Grove from which he later retired after 30 years of service in 1999. He had many hobbies that made him happy in his life. He was always ready for a day of fishing on his boat or a game of golf or cards with friends and family, and, in his later years, trips to Chuckhansi casino were always on his mind. But most of all, cooking was his ultimate passion. He was always willing to cook for holidays, parties, city barbeques, the Portuguese hall and other special occasions.

After his retirement, they moved to sunny Toro Park, where he was able to pass his days tending to his garden filled with beautiful flowers, multitudes of fruits and vegetables. He was very proud to share this with his many friends and family. Always making time to catch the soccer games, as he loved the sport for fond memories of playing for sporting club himself in his youth. In 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer, and after fighting through treatment, he went into remission. Through it all, the ups and downs, with his family always by his side, he made the best of life and never complained of his struggles. He cherished his family and friends and all the times we spent together making memories to keep forever. He will be greatly missed and even better remembered for all he was. The family truly appreciates all the prayers and support you have given them.

Visitation will be this Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 pm followed by recitation of the rosary at 6:30 pm, both at The Paul Mortuary Chapel in Pacific Grove. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Angela Merici Church in Pacific Grove at 11:00 am on Friday, September 29..Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.