Gabriel (Gabe) Fernandes (1937-2021): his art

Gabe Fernandes

Gabriel Fernandes, left his homeland, British Guiana (now Guyana) during the pre-independence period and settled in Canada with his family. He lived and worked in/for the City of Brampton and retired after many years.


Friday, December 24, 2021, Gabe Fernandes of Picton, formerly of Brampton died at the age of 84. He was the son of the late John & Margo Fernandes (nee Pestana) and was the beloved husband for 61 years to Noreen (nee Pereira).

Gabe was born April 12, 1937 in Georgetown, Guyana, the eldest of 11 children. At age 17, he joined the British Guyana Defense Force. Following his military service, Gabe worked for D. M. Fernandes & Co. Ltd in Georgetown, Guyana as a junior bookkeeper. He continued his accounting career with Crown Life Insurance Company. A career change then took Gabe to work for Esso in Atkinson Field, Guyana where he monitored fuel payload of all aircrafts. In 1956, Gabe met his bride, Noreen and later married her in 1960. Shortly after their marriage, Gabe & Noreen moved their young family to Canada in 1963 where he began to work at Vacuum Metalizing and then Carter Carburetor, working as Manager of Office Administration. His 6th and final career was with the City of Brampton as Manager of Administration until his retirement in 2002. Gabe’s dream was to become a Pilot with an opportunity with the RAF, however, his devotion to his family ties was first and foremost. Gabe was an award winning and accomplished artist, including oil painting, poetry, caricatures and calligraphy.


Rohini and I met Gabe (and Noreen) at the Chingcousy Wellness Centre in Brampton, Ontario many years ago, and we discovered, to our delight, that we shared a common background, all of us coming from British Guiana (now Guyana). Most of our conversations naturally focussed on places and people we knew back in the old country, his job at Esso back there, his career with the City of Brampton, and his family. Then I discovered Gabe’s hidden talent for art and the paintings he’d done, including the award winning ones hanging on the walls of his home. When we moved to our new house, Gabe generously gifted one of his paintings that my wife admired and it was framed and hung with pride in our entrance. I will continue to see that painting every time I climb the stairs and I will remember Gabe for his wit and soft spoken eloquence. He will be greatly missed…

“The Lighthouse” hanging on my wall!

IMAGES OF GABE’S PAINTINGS ARE REPRODUCED WITH HIS KIND PERMISSION. ALL IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHT GABE FERNANDES AND FAMILY AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THEIR WRITTEN PERMISSION.

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