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April 8, 1964 – Friday, February 26, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, March 3, 2016
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, March 3, 2016
11 AM – 1 PM

Gilson Cesar deSousa, age 51 went to be with the Lord, Feb 26, 2016 after a 2 ½ year journey with cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1 PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN with visitation from 11 AM – 1 PM also at the church on Thursday.

Gilson was born in Goiania-Goias, Brazil. After moving to Montana, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in sports medicine and did his post-graduate work to become a Physician’s Assistant. His work brought him to Minnesota where he became known as a passionate patient advocate and friend to all his co-workers, most recently at Buffalo Allina. Gilson was always one to put others before himself. He was a coach, friend, mentor and lover of all things outdoors including golf, biking, fishing and soccer. He will be remembered for his wit, charm and infectious laughter, not to mention a twinkle in his eye- which he held most importantly for his beloved Ana Claudia Ferreira Rosa.

The family wishes to thank the U of M Cancer Center and St. Cloud Centracare Hospice. Memorials are preferred to Buffalo Hospital Foundation or the U of M Cancer Center or donor’s choice.

Preceded in death by his mother, Maria Vieira deSousa and his two infant brothers.

He is survived by beloved wife, Ana Rosa, his father, Pedro Elizeu deSousa; daughters, Ciana, Jasmyn (Kevin) Jensen; son, Gabriel; sisters, Antonia (Ricardo) Sousa, Romilda (Craig) Tande, Rosita (Agostinho) Marques; brothers, Gilberto (Vani) deSousa, Gilmar (Vanda) deSousa; nieces, nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews in the USA and Brazil.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Deb Spencer

    To Gilson’s Family; I am so sorry to hear of Gilson’s passing although I know he is at rest. I was a patient of his and Dr. Harms. Gilson was so patient, caring, understanding and supportive with me and my knee issues. I came in saying I was a wimp! Gilson kept me smiling and cheered my achievements after my full knee replacement. I was fortunate to him and Dr. Harms as the leaders of my medical team. May your fondest memories carry you through this difficult time as well as make you smile. I will definitely miss him! Thoughts and prayers to all!

  2. Steve Karkanen

    Dear Ana and family,

    I was deeply saddened today by the news of Gilson’s passing.

    In early 1992, I was seeking someone who spoke Portuguese who could help us with a special assignment for the upcoming fire season. 2 representatives from the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department were to spend the summer with the Lolo Hotshot Crew learning about wildland fire fighting safety, tactics, organization and command structure as part of an International Firefighter Exchange Program.

    I learned there was a native of Brazil attending the University of Montana PT program who was a good candidate to serve as an interpreter to ease what I expected to be difficult language barriers for our guests and the crew.

    Not only did I find the perfect person for this mission, I found the perfect personality in Gilson. He was fluent in both languages, quickly made friends and was in great physical condition. Though he came to us with no firefighting experience, he learned our system fast and he quickly became a firefighter as well as our crew interpreter. A huge bonus.

    He immediately fit in and was accepted by the crew. More importantly, Gilson was instrumental in the success of our exchange. It would not have been as successful nor lasted as long as it did without his dedication to seeing that our guests were at ease and felt welcome here.

    I expected the program would be a one time deal, but due in large part to Gilson, we successfully hosted 9 other Bombeiros from the Rio Fire Department for the next few years.

    After Gilson left our program to pursue a career in PT, we lost touch with him.

    Marcos Ferreira de Olivera visited Missoula last September. Bob Mutch, Holly Maloney and I talked about many of the adventures of that summer. Gilson was very much a part of those memories.

    If it wasn’t for the great picture of Gilson in todays paper, I may have missed the story. I will always remember that smile and sparkle in his eyes. It captured him perfectly. The hint of mischievousness in that glance was always followed up by his heart of gold.

    I’ve missed seeing Gilson for many years, now he is sorely missed.

    Please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With deepest sympathies, Steve.

    Steve Karkanen
    Lolo Hotshot Superintendent (now retired)
    418 Daly
    Missoula, MT 59801


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