Antonio Silveira Alexander was born on September 26th, 1924 in the Fazenda de Santa Cruz, Flores, Azores. He was fourteenth of the seventeen children his parents had. In 1943, he joined the Portuguese Military where he served for three years. Upon return, he started to court Angelina, a neighbor, in their small village. They were married in October 20th, 1949. During this time, money was scarce, yet they were able to make a living. He was master carpenter, and he built their first home out of stone which was traditional in the Azores. In May of 1966, they immigrated to California with their two children. They had twins a boy and girl in 1967. In 1968, they settled in San Pablo. Antonio started working for Berkeley Pacific Steel Company on October 17th, 1966. He worked the next 21 years there until he retired on July 31st, 1987. He attended many Portuguese Holy Ghost festivals where he was known for filming many with his video camera. Antonio was well liked, loved family parties, and had many friends. He made furniture for his own home and numerous tables and desks for his family. In 1987, Antonio and Angelina became American citizens, and he was very proud to fly his American flag. On the evening of April 10th, 2019, Antonio passed on peacefully while surrounded by his wife of 69 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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