It is with deep sadness and much too soon that we announce the passing of Manuel (Manny) Sousa, peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020, after a brief illness at the age of 59.
He was surrounded by the love of his wife and partner Sheara Waxman and his family.
In addition to Sheara, Manny is survived by his parents, Carlos and Liliana de Sousa of Toronto, his brother and sister-in-law Carlos Sousa and Tessy Muscat Sousa and their children, Joshua (Jen), Katherine (Hutch) and Adam Sousa of Toronto, his sister-in-law Gayle Waxman and her daughter Alexandra of Winnipeg, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Martin Waxman and Maureen Judge and their children, Jacob (Mawr) and Rebecca Waxman of Toronto. Manny was predeceased by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Myra and Alexander Waxman.
Manny and Sheara were together for 31 years, making memories that will last a lifetime. They walked hand in hand through life, partners in every way. Nothing made Manny happier than listening to Sheara’s laugh and making her smile. Family was everything to Manny. He was devoted to his parents whom he loved and looked out for. Manny was always grateful to his parents for immigrating to Canada and making countless sacrifices so he and his brother Carlos could enjoy a wonderful life. Manny also had a deep affection for Sheara’s parents and treated them with love and respect.
Manny cherished the relationships he had with his nieces and nephews. He shared a special bond with each one of them and loved being with them. Joshua, Katherine and Adam all pursued careers in the arts and credited Manny as their inspiration. Everyone who knew them, knew that when one of them referred to “Uncle” they meant Manny. Manny always looked forward to talking about and playing hockey with Jacob and often said that the highlight of a recent trip he and Sheara made to Spain was the time they spent with Rebecca. Manny felt honoured and lucky to be a part of Alexandra’s day to day life. He shared in the joy of raising her and was so proud of the exceptional person she is today. Alexandra also considered Manny to be her inspiration.
Manny was a true people person, kind and warm to everyone he met. He had an incredible curiosity about so many things and was always learning and challenging himself. Manny’s passions were boundless and included playing hockey, cheering on the Winnipeg Jets, photography, travel, carpentry and most importantly spending time with family and friends. He approached every opportunity with a smile, a positive attitude and a zest for life.
Manny was born in Portugal and grew up in Toronto where he met Sheara and their life together began. Sheara and Manny relocated to Winnipeg where he pursued his career in photography and became a successful, creative entrepreneur. For almost 30 years, Manny captured moments and milestones in Winnipeg and throughout the world. He quickly became one of Winnipeg’s most accomplished, respected and innovative photographers. Manny was sought out as a mentor and admired for his work ethic, passion and knowledge, which he shared generously. He also extended his generosity to many community charities and causes.
In addition to his photography business, Manny travelled the world and used his lens to capture the wonder and beauty he saw around him, producing stunning images that were widely admired.
Manny appreciated all the messages of love and support that he received from family and friends during his illness. Sheara and family are also grateful for the outpouring of kindness and sympathy.
We will miss Manny’s smile, his laughter and his joy for life. Manny will forever be in our hearts.
A private remembrance has taken place.
Those wishing to honour Manny’s memory can donate to the Manuel Sousa Award for Excellence in Photography at the Children’s Heritage Fund, Winnipeg School Division by calling 204-775-0231